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Is it possible to prevent spina bifida while pregnant?

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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 36 years experience
Yes: Folate (folic acid) supplementation before conception and during the 1st trimester can reduce this birth defect as well as some of the developing heart. A multi-vitamin will suffice.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Folic acid: Yes! getting plenty of Folic Acid will reduce the chances of your child having spina bifida.
Dr. Zachariah George
Neurosurgery 15 years experience
Folate (folic acid): Folate (folic acid) should be started prior to pregnancy. This can reduce chances of spina bifida. Please meet with your on/gyn.

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