Make a PACT for Prevention

Commit to Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Birth Defects

Plan AHead

A woman with enough folic acid before pregnancy is preventing any major birth defects. Folic is found in fortified foods or supplements or both. Mothers should also see a professional healthcare on a regular basis to start prenatal care as soon as possible. It is never too early to start getting ready for pregnancy.

Avoid Harmful Substances

Avoid alcohol! There is no amount known to safely drink during pregnancy. All alcohol is harmful and can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. Also, avoid smoking cigarettes and even being around cigarettes can cause risk problems. Marijuana and other drugs should not be taken because of birth defects it can cause, and prevent infections. Wash your hands, cook right, and stay away from sick people.

Choose a Healthy Lifestyle

Keep diabetes under control. Strive to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Stay healthy when thinking about pregnancy and talk to the doctor about how to stay healthy.

Talk with your Healthcare Provider

Make sure your doctor approves of the medications you take or will take. Some medications cause birth defects. Also, most vaccinations are safe and some protect women against infections causing birth defects. Talk to your doctor about what vaccinations to take and what's the correct time. Pregnancy is stressful, but it's an exciting time. Stay healthy to help your baby start and live a healthy life.
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