Prevent Experiencing Anencephaly A Second Time?
morning, I have a history of pregnancy with anenchepaly 3 years ago, and my baby died 6 hours after birth …
Congratulations on your pregnancy and we understand your concerns too. Anencephaly is a congenital condition in which the baby's brain and skull are not formed. The cause is currently uncertain, but it may be related to the following conditions:
Folic acid deficiency in pregnant women
Effects of drugs consumed during pregnancy
Environmental factors during pregnancy
For pregnant women with a history of giving birth to anencephaly, they can continue to have a healthy pregnancy. However, it does not rule out the possibility of recurring cases of anencephaly, some say the chance is 4-5%. Therefore it is highly recommended to consult a gynecologist before undergoing a pregnancy program so that the necessary preventive steps can be taken. With examinations and preventive steps taken, it is hoped that the pregnancy can be healthy and smooth.
For now, the best step you can take is to consult directly with an obstetrician so that you can check the condition of the pregnancy and the fetus and then be given pregnancy care according to your condition.
You should also meet the needs of folic acid during pregnancy. You can get folic acid from food, pregnant milk or pregnancy supplements. Talk to your obstetrician about the pregnancy supplement that is right for you. It is also important to avoid taking any medications during pregnancy without a doctor's recommendation.
The following articles and discussions relate to the topic of your question:
Causes of anencephaly
Thank you and hope it helps,
dr. Devika Y