WORLD BIRTH DEFECTS DAY
March 3, 2015
Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. All races and ethnicities are affected by birth defects. To increase global awareness of these conditions, March 3, 2015, marks the first ever World Birth Defects Day.
"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 women's chance of having a healthy baby. Please encourage all pregnant women and those who may beocme pregnant to:
- 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 grain, low fat dairy, and lean proteins.
- Be physically active.
- Work to get medical conditions like diabetes or seizures under control.
Talk to your doctor
- Get a medical checkup.
- Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
- Talk about your family history.