January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 ½ minutes leading to 120,000 babies affected each year. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby. Some infections before and during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems. Women can prevent infections for baby’s protection by getting vaccinated, preventing insect bites, practicing good hygiene, and talking to their healthcare provider. Learn more: www.nbdpn.org. Share your own tips for a healthy pregnancy using #Prevent2Protect on social media.

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