As reported by the CDC, birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born in the United States. That’s about 3% of all babies born. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant deaths in the U.S. And globally, every year, approximately 7.9 million infants are born with serious birth defects.
Though not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby.
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
In support of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, here are some things you can do to help. What’s best for you is also best for your baby.
5 Tips for Preventing Birth Defects
- Be sure to take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
- Book a visit with your healthcare provider before stopping or starting any medication.
- Become up to date with all vaccines, including the flu shot.
- Before you get pregnant, try to maintain a healthy weight.
- Boost your health, by avoiding harmful substances during pregnancy, such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
MORE about Prodigy Fertility
“Dealing with infertility is stressful and can be quite challenging requiring experts to evaluate and treat the disorder,” says Marc Shuman, M.D. and Chief Medical Officer at MORE Health. “That’s why we have created Prodigy Fertility to help women who are faced with infertility, and other reproductive health concerns including high-risk pregnancies.”