How can you tell if your unborn baby has spina bifida?
Fetal ultrasound is the most accurate method to diagnose spina bifida in your baby before delivery.
Ultrasound can be performed during the first trimester (11 to 14 weeks) and second trimester (18 to 22 weeks).
Spina bifida can be accurately diagnosed during the second trimester ultrasound scan..
How is spina bifida detected in pregnancy?
Approximately 90 per cent of cases of spina bifida are detected with an ultrasound scan before 18 weeks of pregnancy. Other tests used to diagnose spina bifida are maternal blood tests which measure alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Can you have a baby if you have spina bifida?
Spina bifida causes nerve damage that can affect sexual functioning. Most people with spina bifida are fertile, and can have children.
How does a baby get spina bifida?
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It’s a type of neural tube defect. The neural tube is the structure in a developing embryo that eventually becomes the baby’s brain, spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them.