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Neural Tube Defects

In infants, the brain and spine are formed from the neural tube. Therefore, in case of any neural tube defects, it may result in poor brain development. It may be due to genetics or malnutrition from mother to fetus.

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Can neural tube defects be diagnosed earlier in pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, We had a very first female baby with spina bifida. My wife started taking Folvite only after five days of missed periods. So we terminated the pregnancy during the fifth month in February 2022. As per the doctor's advice, my wife took MCBM69 (Folic acid 5 mg, Methylcobalamin 500 mcg, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concerns after having a previous baby with spina bifida. If she had taken a Folic acid supplement, the levels now would be normal. The reports' levels depend on the lab, and they would have given you a reference range for that lab. You can rule out...  Read Full »

Will taking Phenytoin impact the first stage of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking Phenytoin sodium 300 mg daily for the last 10 years. Will the medication impact on my first stage of pregnancy? If yes, should I take any alternative?  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are you pregnant already? Or planning for pregnancy? Phenytoin, especially in the first trimester (initial three months) of pregnancy, can affect the baby. It can increase the risk of congenital anomalies like fetal hydantoin syndrome or neural tube defects. If you ar...  Read Full »

Will overheating in sauna causes neural tube defects in fetus?

Query: Hi doctor, I just found out that I am pregnant (5th week). At first, I was excited then I realized that I went into a very hot sauna (90 degrees) celsius for one and a half hours when I was around 4 weeks pregnant (2 weeks from conception). The whole point of the sauna is to detox, and I definitely...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Neural tube defects (NTD) in the baby mostly occur in women deficient in Folic acid, or who are diabetic, or if they have any family history or as an associated defect with other chromosomal anomalies. Yes, the baby's organs do develop in the early weeks of pregnancy...  Read Full »

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