What increases my risk for spina bifida?

There are several factors that are associated with increased risk of spina bifida:


-  The disorder is more common among whites and Hispanics than among other groups.

-  Although most people who are born with spina bifida come from a family without the disease, having children with neural tube disorders or having a family member with the disorder can be a risk factor.

-  Not getting enough folic acid during pregnancy can result in a baby born with this defect. Medications that prevent folic acid intake can also result in this risk factor

-  Having diabetes or being obese when pregnant can result in the disorder, as can having a high body temperature during the first trimester.



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