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Spina Bifida Association of America. Awareness Campaign. Spina Bifida Association of America. Mission: To promote the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected Local Chapters across the country Youth and Adult Alliance young adult members across the country.

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Spina Bifida Association of America
  • Mission:

To promote the prevention of spina bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected

  • Local Chapters across the country
  • Youth and Adult Alliance

young adult members across the country

not all people with spina bifida have the same disabilities
Not all people with spina bifida have the same disabilities

A person with spina bifida may have:

  • limited or no use of their legs
  • loss of bowel and bladder control
  • learning disabilities
  • latex allergies

Many people with spina bifida lead

successful and productive lives.

how does spina bifida happen
How does spina bifida happen?
  • Birth defects like spina bifida can happen in any family – it’s no one’s fault
  • Spina bifida is a neural tube defect (NTD) involving incomplete formation of the spine
  • NTDs like spina bifida occur during the first month of pregnancy – before most women know they are pregnant
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Day 28 of Pregnancy:

The Neural Tube is Formed

Actual size

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What causes spina bifida?

  • Spina bifida is no one’s fault. A combination of different factors causes spina bifida:
  • genetics (your family genes)
  • maternal environment (things women come in contact with during pregnancy)
  • folic acid deficiency (not having enough of the B-vitamin folic acid)
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What can reduce the risk of spina bifida?

Some of the factors that cause spina bifida are out of your control. Taking folic acid is something that you can control.

Women can do what they can and take a multivitamin with the B-vitamin folic acid everyday. Folic acid is not a guarantee, but it can help!

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Believe it or not!

V.S.

Foods with Folic Acid “folate”

Synthetic

Folic Acid

Your body absorbs the synthetic folic acid in a vitamin easier than folic acid in foods like green leafy vegetables, beans or oranges.

It is difficult to get all the folic acid you need from food.

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How much folic acid should women take?

  • All women of childbearing age need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day
  • Some women need to take more folic acid.Women who have:
  • spina bifida
  • a child with spina bifida, or
  • a history of pregnancies affected by spina bifida
  • and are planning a pregnancy, should take 4000 mcg for 1 to 3 months before trying to become pregnant.
how can i help
HOW CAN I HELP?

Create a BUZZ! is a word of mouth campaign of the

Spina Bifida Association of America.

Tell your friends and family about spina bifida and the B-vitamin, folic acid.

And ask them to tell someone too!

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More Information (cont’d)

Spina Bifida Association of America

4590 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Suite 250

Washington, DC 20007-4226

National Resource Center: 1-800-621-3141

Web site: www.sbaa.org

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