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Birth Defect Prevention and Awareness: Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

While many birth defects cannot be prevented, women can reduce their risks of having a baby born with a birth defect by adopting important health-related behaviors before and during pregnancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Birth defects can vary from mild to severe and can affect almost any part of the body.

While many birth defects cannot be prevented, women can reduce their risks of having a baby born with a birth defect by adopting important health-related behaviors before and during pregnancy. Learn how to be your healthiest self before and during pregnancy and reduce your baby’s risk for certain birth defects.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

If you’re thinking about having a baby or you’re currently pregnant, check out these healthy behaviors you can implement to benefit both you and your baby!

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While we cannot control everything that happens during pregnancy, knowing what steps you can take to be your healthiest self during pregnancy is an important part of every woman’s journey toward motherhood.

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