For mums planning a baby folic acid is recommended before and during the first trimester of pregnancy. Here is an indepth look at one of the NTD neural tube defects that on rare occassions occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy called spina bifida.
The types of spina bifida NTD for babies
Occulta Spina Bifida NTD, this is the relatively harmless form of Spina Bifida, there is a small defect a few of the small bones that make up the spine. no evidence at birth. Subtle, progressive neurologic deterioration can becomes evident later in childhood or as an adult.
diagnosis during pregnancy of Meningocele spina bifida NTD
The protective coatings (meninges) come through an open part of the spine like a sac that is pushed out. Cerebrospinal fluid is in the sac with no nerve damage.child may suffer minor disabilities.
developing fetus with Myelomeningocele NTD spina bifida
occuring when the meninges (protective cover of the spinal cord) and spinal nerves come through the open part of the spine.A most serious type of Spina Bifida causing nerve damage and more severe disabilities.
Can any other factors cause NTD’s other than a lack of Vitamins and folic acid.
Yes here are some other causes of ntd’s
Agent Orange a chemical herbicide
An insulin dependant mum to be with diabetes
prolonged fevers and high temperatures in early pregnancy
Anti sezure drugs that the pregnant mum is taking