What causes spina bifida?

Scientists believe that spina bifida is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as the mother’s nutrition. Research has shown that getting enough folic acid (a B vitamin) before and during pregnancy can prevent most cases of spina bifida.1


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Spina bifida: Facts. Retrieved March 30, 2012, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spinabifida/facts.html
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