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Hi i had my first child with anencephaly. What preventive measures need to be taken for the next baby?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Folic acid

To prevent anencephaly and spina bifida it has been recommended that women start taking folic acid before considering undertaking a pregnancy.
speak to your OBGYN about this.

In brief: Folic acid

To prevent anencephaly and spina bifida it has been recommended that women start taking folic acid before considering undertaking a pregnancy.
speak to your OBGYN about this.
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Plan ahead

Your recurrence risk is quoted as 4% by most references.
There is some data supporting use of folate (folic acid) in addition to balanced nutrition in the time leading up to and during pregnancy to reduce risk.Please discuss this with your OB or pcp as you begin the process.

In brief: Plan ahead

Your recurrence risk is quoted as 4% by most references.
There is some data supporting use of folate (folic acid) in addition to balanced nutrition in the time leading up to and during pregnancy to reduce risk.Please discuss this with your OB or pcp as you begin the process.
Thank
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