January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Every 4.5 minutes a child in the U.S. is born with a birth defect.

Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies every year and cause 1 in 5 infant deaths. Although some birth defects can be diagnosed before birth, many are not found right away, prenatal care and screenings are important for early diagnosis.

Some birth defects can be prevented:

  • Have regular medical checkups, before and during pregnancy
  • Address specific health issues including weight control, control of diabetes, and any medications taken.
  • Take 400mcg of folic acid daily from the beginning of menstruation through menopause
  • Get necessary vaccinations
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and aim for a healthy weight
  • Do not use cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs.
  • Stop using tobacco products and avoid second-hand smoke, for more information visted our First Breath page
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol prior to pregnancy or as early in pregnancy as possible, visit our

    My Baby & Me page for more information

  • Do not take illegal drugs

Other Resources:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Prenatal Care Coordination
The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

 

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