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Birth Defect Prevention: What Can you Do?

January is Birth Defect Prevention Awareness Month. Here is what you should know.

While not all birth defects are preventable, it is important to take measures to try to decrease the risk!

Prenatal vitamins replenish your body after sharing nutrients with your growing baby and also play a crucial role in the prevention of birth defects. One of the most important components of these vitamins is folic acid, the synthetic version of a vitamin called folate.

although cravings may be frequent and possibly erratic, it is important to try to stay away from foods with a high “empty” caloric value.

Nutrition in Pregnancy

It’s already important to obtain sufficient nutrients and macromolecules* when you are not pregnant but eating for two (or more) increases the need for reaching certain milestones in your day-to-day eating habits. Making sure you adjust your nutrition during pregnancy plays a vital role in inciting, supporting and boosting your baby’s growth.