The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. All activities are controlled by the brain which receives information from touching, seeing, feeling, tasting and hearing – responding to this information by initiating the appropriate movements of different parts of the body. Messages from the brain are carried to different parts of the body by the spinal cord which runs down the centre of the spinal column.
The spine is made up of thirty-three bones or vertebrae. The vertebrae have two main functions - One is to provide anchorage for muscles so that we can move as the brain dictates to those muscles. The other is to provide protection to the spinal cord.
The central nervous system and spine start to develop between the fourteen and twenty-third day after conception. Spina Bifida occurs when the neural tube fails to close correctly. The vertebrae also fail to close in complete rings around the affected portion of the spinal cord. This leaves a gap at the back of the spinal cord, involving one or more vertebrae. The fault may occur in one or more of the vertebrae but it is most common at waist-level.
Each tablet of Preconceive contains the Department of Health’s recommended daily dose of 400 micrograms of Folic Acid. Medical studies have shown that taking this can prevent neural tube defects such as Spina Bifida forming in babies in the womb. Preconceive contains the recommended daily dose of Folic Acid in a simple one-a-day tablet. Always read the label.