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National Birth Defects Prevention Month

posted Jan 4, 2011, 6:03 AM by


January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.  This is a time to raise awareness of birth defects and to promote healthy pregnancies.


A birth defect is a problem that occurs while the baby is growing in the mother’s body.  Many birth defects can be prevented.  Here are some tips to help you have a healthy pregnancy:

*Take a vitamin with folic acid everyday during pregnancy.

*See your doctor regularly as soon as you think you are pregnant.

*Make sure your vaccinations are updated.

*Eat healthy and stay active.

*Try to prevent infections.

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services