lars_ingelsThe biggest breakthrough in prevention of Spina Bifida took place in the early 1980’s. Studies found that a key risk factor for a child to be born with Spina Bifida is a low level of the B vitamin folate (present in green leafy vegetables and in fruits) in the blood of the mother. If this level is too low, chances of having a child with Spina Bifida are vastly increased. In fact, research has shown that the probability of having a child with Spina Bifida can be reduced by 50% to 70% if women take folic acid (0.4 mg per day) before and during the first months of pregnancy.