PACT For Prevention

Commit to Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Birth Defects

See a healthcare professional regularly.

A woman should be sure to see her doctor when planning a pregnancy and start prenatal case as soon as she thinks that she is pregnant. It is important to see the doctor regularly throughout pregnancy.

Avoid harmful substances.

Avoid alcohol at any time during pregnancy.

Avoid smoking cigarettes.

Avoid marijuana or other "street drugs".

Prevent infections.

Talk with your healthcare provider.

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.

Eat healthy.