Make a PACT to Prevent Birth Defects

Birth Defect Month

Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect.  In fact, 1 in 33 babies are born with a birth defect according to the CDC.  This January is Birth Defects Prevention Month; we wanted to share some ways to help you make healthy choices to prevent birth defects.

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network is asking people to “Make a PACT” for birth defect prevention.  Here are some great tips to help you with that PACT:

  • Plan ahead
    • Get as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
    • Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
  • Avoid harmful substances
    • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
    • Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.
  • Choose a healthy lifestyle
    • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean proteins.
    • Be physically active.
    • Work to get medical conditions like diabetes under control.
  • Talk to your doctor
    • Get a medical checkup.
    • Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
    • Talk about family history.

For more information on what you can do to make a PACT please check out the National Birth Defects Prevention  Network’s website.

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