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Focus: January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Birth Defects Prevention

The theme for 2015 is "Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects - Make a PACT for Prevention." Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman's chance of having a healthy baby. Please encourage all pregnant women and those who may become pregnant to:

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, lowfat 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 local resources, see agencies listed under Prenatal Care.

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