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Spina Bifida Risk Reduction Starts Before Pregnancy

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Spina Bifida Risk Reduction Starts Before Pregnancy

Spina bifida, which means “split” or “open” spine in Latin, is a birth defect in which a fetus’s spine is not formed correctly during pregnancy.  The spinal cord normally ‘zips’ closed early in pregnancy. If it fails to close anywhere along the spinal cord, the cord and nerves can be damaged. The severity of the…

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