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Old 02-19-2014, 06:12 AM
basmae basmae is offline
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Default Spina Bifida

Does anyone know how Folic acid is linked to Spina Bifida?
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:30 AM
basmae basmae is offline
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Also, does Folic acid guarantee that your child will not develop Spina Bifida?
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:35 AM
novasparker novasparker is offline
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There are no guarantees that a child won't wind up with spina bifida, whether you are getting adequate amounts of folic acid or not. But you can bs sure that you are increases his or her chances of developing the condition if you don't get enough folic acid in your diet. Folic acid has some sort of action in the developing fetus that has to do with the way the neural tube develops. If it is not present, the neural tube doesn't develop normally and doesn't close properly due to the structural defects. I am not a doctor, so this is my really basic understanding of how it works. and scientists have proven that there is a direct relationship between not getting enough folic acid and the increase of incidence of fetuses devleoping spina bifida.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:36 PM
Takedon Takedon is offline
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Nothing has been proved yet. However, it is better to be safe than sorry, isn't it?
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:39 AM
elmarianexx elmarianexx is offline
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Originally Posted by basmae View Post
Does anyone know how Folic acid is linked to Spina Bifida?

Although the exact causes of Spina Bifida (SB) are not yet known, maintaining healthy levels of folate (called folic acid when taken via a supplement) have been identified as a key factor in prevention.

Best luck!
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:47 PM
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Default CDC recommendations

CDC (centers for Disease control) have guidelines on their website that say folic acid is necessary for all women child-bearing age.
This indicates to me that there were many studies done on birth defects, and folic acid is necessary.
They wouldn't publish guidelines like that unless there was proof.

Don't forget that this doesn't stop your child from having issues.
I took vitamins, and my son ended up with a list of brain abnormalities.
They feel some of the are genetic, which is not anything that folic acid can prevent.

Retardation can be caused by a lot of things.
Catching illnesses when pregnant, birth defects from drugs, an injury from a fall and placenta issues.
Diabetes undetected in the mother, genetic disorders (gene mutations that have nothing to do with vitamins or illness).

Having a baby is a crapshoot. You do what you can to avoid issues and be preventative.
It doesn't cover all your risks. I got a CVS that was normal, was told my baby was normal,
and he is mentally and physically challenged at birth, no indications telling us he would be that way.
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