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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Bouie

"Preventing Birth Defects: Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy"

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of preventing birth defects and promoting healthy pregnancies. Birth defects are structural or functional abnormalities that occur during fetal development, and they can have a significant impact on a child's quality of life.

While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are several steps that women can take to reduce their risk of having a baby with a birth defect. Here are some tips for a healthy pregnancy:

1. Take a multivitamin: Folic acid, a key ingredient in prenatal vitamins, can help prevent neural tube defects, which affect the brain and spine.

2. Manage chronic conditions: Women with conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, and hypertension should work closely with their healthcare provider to manage their condition before and during pregnancy.

3. Avoid harmful substances: Smoking, alcohol, and drug use can all increase the risk of birth defects.

4. Stay up-to-date on vaccines: Some infections, like rubella and chickenpox, can increase the risk of birth defects.

5. Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help support fetal development.

By taking these steps, women can reduce their risk of having a baby with a birth defect and promote a healthy pregnancy. Remember, every baby deserves a healthy start in life!

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