Birth Defect Prevention Month
This year's theme for Birth Defect Prevention Month (BDPM):
"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.
Prepare for BDPM 2015
Visit the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to download templates for:
"Birth Defects are common, costly, and critical."