Prevent Birth defects .. Spinal cord and brain

Prevent Birth defects .. Spinal cord and brain

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Prevent Birth defects .. Spinal cord and brain
Posted in 2014

The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of BC reports that 1 in every 750 children born each year in Canada are born with a neural tube defect.
To reduce your baby’s risk of being born with a NTD, take a multivitamin with folic acid and eat foods high in folate every day for 2 to 3 months before you become pregnant and throughout your pregnancy.
Since many pregnancies are unplanned, it is important for all women who could become pregnant to consider taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid, including women who are breastfeeding.
ou are at higher risk of having a baby with an NTD when:
  • you or your male partner already had a baby with an NTD or a pregnancy affected by an NTD;
  • you have a family member with an NTD;
  • you are part of an ethnic group (e.g. Northern China , Celtic, or Sikh) where NTDs are more common;
  • you have epilepsy, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions such as Crohn’s or active Celiac disease, gastric bypass surgery, advanced liver disease, or receive kidney dialysis;
  • you struggle with drug or alcohol use; or
  • you are taking medications that interfere with your body’s use of folic acid (e.g., anticonvulsants, methotrexate, sulfasalazine, triamterene, or trimethoprim – as found in cotrimoxazole).
If you are at higher risk of having a baby with an NTD, talk to your doctor, midwife or other health care provider. You may need to take a supplement with more folic acid each day.
Your body uses folate during your pregnancy to make blood cells and to help your baby grow.
Folic acid also lowers the risk of your unborn baby having a neural tube defect (NTD). NTDs are a group of serious birth defects that affect a baby’s spinal cord, brain and skull. Some babies with severe NTDs are stillborn or do not survive long after birth. Spina Bifida is the most common NTD.
NTDs happen when the tissues and bone around the brain and spine do not grow well. NTDs can happen in the third and fourth week after conception (the first or second week after your first missed period). This could be before you know that you are pregnant.
Folate is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects, serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Lack of folate in a pregnancy diet may also increase the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. The synthetic form of folate found in supplements and fortified foods is known as folic acid.
How much you need: 800 micrograms of folate or folic acid a day before conception and throughout pregnancy. 
My advise
1..   If you want to give birth to a child without neural tube defect (NTD) you should be very careful of your food.  
2..   You should avoid some medicines which will cause NTD
3..   Please note the above and take care before and after pregnancy
4...  Take healthy food which contain Folate and Vitamin B12 to avoid neural tube defects particularly Spinal cord and Brain
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