Tips Tricks

Commit to healthy choices to try to prevent birth defects

1) Plan Ahead

~Get 400 micro grams (mcg) of folic acid every day

-folic acid is a B vitamin. if women has enough folic acid in her body at least one month before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of developing brain and spine.

-Women can get folic acid from fortified food or supplements, or a combination of the two, in addition to a varied diet rich in folate

2) Avoid harmful substances

~Avoid alcohol at any time during pregnancy

-Alcohol in a women bloodstream passes to the developing baby htrough the umbilical cord.

-there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant.

3) Choose a healthy lifestyle

~Keep diabetes under control

-Poor control of diabetes during pregnancy increases the chances for birth defects and other problems for the pregnancy.

- It can also cause serious complications for the women, proper healthcare before and during the pregnancy can help prevent birth defects and other poor outcomes