What causes spina bifida?
Scientists believe that spina bifida is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as the mother’s nutrition. Research has shown that getting enough folic acid (a B vitamin) before and during pregnancy can prevent most cases of spina bifida.1
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Spina bifida: Facts. Retrieved March 30, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spinabifida/facts.html [top]
Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012