This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. It's an important awareness week for mamas who would like increase their...
This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. It's an important awareness week for mamas who would like increase their odds of having a healthy baby. If you don't take folic acid one birth defect that your baby may be born with is Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is the most common disabling birth defect in the United States. There are three types of Spina Bifida and all are serious but the most serious is Myelomeningocele which is when the protective covering of the spinal cord and spinal nerves come through the open part of the spine. Nerve damage and other severe disabilities are involved with Myelomeningocele as well. If the prospect of a baby born with an exposed spinal cord and spinal nerves isn't enough to persuade you to take your folic acid then you should also take a look at the costs. According to the Spina Bifida Association, "The average total lifetime cost to society for each infant born with Spina Bifida is approximately $532,000 per child. This estimate is only an average and for many children the total cost may be well above $1 million." Learn more about Spina Bifida at the Spina Bifida Association and watch this video below with tips about Spina Bifida prevention.

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