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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that spina bifida, a neural tube defect (NTD), is one of the most common, permanently disabling birth defects in the United States, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year. 1 NTDs occur when the neural tube, which develops into the brain and spinal cord, does not form correctly.Learn More
Preconception health is important to every woman, whether she is planning to get pregnant now, in the near future, or “someday” – especially since nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Following are five tips to help you prepare for your blessed event.Learn More
Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman's risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect. Women capable of becoming pregnant should take at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day from a supplement or fortified foods in addition to the natural food folate from a varied diet.Learn More