HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health
The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.
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- Spina Bifida
This is a type of neural tube defect which occurs when the bones, usually at the bottom of the spine, do not join properly. As a result, when a baby is born, part of the spinal cord is exposed which causes varying degrees of nerve damage. Antenatal blood tests measure the levels of AFP (Alpha-fetoprotein) - high levels are associated with spina bifida - and 90 per cent of cases are picked up during ultrasound scans.
Taking folic acid during early pregnancy reduces the risk of spina bifida. Click here for foods that will also help increase folic acid levels.
The Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH) can provide more information, advice and support - visit www.asbah.org.
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