Folate deficiency during Pregnancy...1

Folate deficiency during Pregnancy...1


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In folate-deficiency anemia, the red blood cells are abnormally large (megaloblastic). Pregnant women need to get enough folic acid. The vitamin is important to the growth of the fetus's spinal cord and brain. Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects known as neural tube defects.

The spinal cord is a long, thin, tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that extends from the medulla oblongata in the brainstem to the lumbar region of the vertebral column. The brain and spinal cord together make up the central nervous system 

1...  Where is the spinal cord located?
Although the spinal column is somewhat flexible, some of the vertebrae in the lower parts of the spinal column become fused. The spinal cord is located in the vertebral foramen and is made up of 31 segments: 8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral and 1 coccygeal

2...   What is the spinal cord and what does it do?
The brain and spinal cord are your body's central nervous system. The brain is the command center for your body, and the spinal cord is the pathway for messages sent by the brain to the body and from the body to the brain.

3...     How does the spinal cord work?
The spinal nerves carry electrical signals from the brain to the skeletal muscles and internal organs through the spinal cord. They also carry sensory information like touch, pressure, cold, warmth, pain and other sensations from the skin, muscles, joints and internal organs to the brain via the spinal cord.

4...     What is the function of the spinal cord?
The spinal cord carries out two main functions: It connects a large part of the peripheral nervous system to the brain. Information (nerve impulses) reaching thespinal cord through sensory neurons are transmitted up into the brain

5...     Can you live without the spinal cord?
The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain with the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cordyou could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. This is why keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life

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