If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine―including spina bifida.People who have spina bifida themselves are more likely to have children with spina bifida.Young adults with spina bifida might feel isolated from others, or have low self-esteem. A nearby health facility or your state mental health agency also may be able to help.For more information, please visit the following websites: Depression and Anxiety in Individuals with Spina Bifida To be independent, young adults need to be able to find and use transportation safely.Some men with Spina Bifida can produce children without any medical help.Others may require assistance to father children depending on their ability to ejaculate.Some people may not be ready for information about sex or may not want to openly discuss relationships or sexuality with parents or health professionals.
A driver rehabilitation evaluation specialist can identify whether modifications to the car would make it accessible for a young adult with spina bifida.Young adults affected by spina bifida can face challenges, such as: Regular physical activity is important for all people, but especially for those with conditions that affect movement, such as spina bifida.CDC recommends 60 minutes of physical activity a day.It is important to ask questions to get the information when you are ready.
Managing the bladder and bowel is very important for sexual function and good hygiene.
You may experience additional challenges when becoming sexually active.