Anencephaly

By: Tyler

What Is Anencephaly?

The exact causes of anencephaly are unknown. A lack of folic acid (vitamin B9) before and during pregnancy may increase the chance of neural tube defects, such as anencephaly or spina bifida (a birth defect in which the spine is exposed).
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What causes it

Anencephaly might also be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as the things the mother comes in contact with in the environment or what the mother eats or drinks, or certain medicines she uses during pregnancy.

How common is Anencephaly?

Anencephaly is one of the most common types of neural tube defect, affecting about 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. However, most of these pregnancies end in miscarriage, or abortions.

How can it Anencephaly be prevented?

Proper nutrition can prevent Anencephaly. Taking vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy can help fight against neutral tube defects.