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06-23-2014, 02:55 AM   #1
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I just wanted to make a note here that low folic acid levels in pregnancy are becoming increasingly recognised as a cause for spina bifida and related conditions ('neural tube defects').

This is the reason that folic acid supplementation is recommended to all females trying to get pregnant as the baby will develop past this critical stage before people find out if they are pregnant.

It is also worth noting that women with a family history of eg spina bifida / arnold chiari malformation / ehlers-danlos syndrome (neural tube defects) take a higher level of folic acid.

I would also encourage women with crohns considering getting pregnant, to ensure that your folic acid level is correct - and keep checking it as the Crohns often affects the area in the gut where folic acid is absorbed.
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