help prevent birth defects

Plan ahead

Folic acid is a B vitamin. if a woman has enough folic acid in her body at least one month before and during pregnancy it can help prevent major birth defect of developing brain and spine (anencephaly and spina bifida).

Avoid harmful substances

Alcohol in a woman's bloodstream passes to the developing baby though the umbilical cord. there is no safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. this can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and lifelong physical health problems.

Avoid smoking cigarets

The dangers of smoking during pregnancy include preterm birth, certain birth defects, and infant death. even being around tobacco smokes puts a woman and her pregnancy at risk for problems.
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keep diabetes under control

poor control of diabetes during pregnancy increases the chances of birth defects and other problems of the pregnancy. it can also cause serious complications for the woman.Proper healthcare before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects and other poor outcomes.

Talk with your healthcare provider

Talk to a healthcare provider about vaccinations

Most vaccinations are safe during pregnancy and some vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine and the Tdap vaccine are specifically recommended during pregnancy. having the right vaccinations at the right time can help keep a woman and her baby healthy.