~ Month of January ~
is National Birth Defect Month
Birth Defects COUNT is a global initiative to reduce neural tube defects.
Neural tube defects are serious birth defects of the brain and spine.
They are a major cause of death and lifelong disability worldwide.
Birth defects are structural changes that affect one or more parts of the body (e.g. heart, brain, foot).
They develop most often during the first three months of pregnancy, when a baby’s organs are forming and can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops and functions.
About 1 in 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect each year, according to the CDC.
If you would like to learn more there is the link for the March of Dimes:
CDC also has many good reads about this subject.
About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.
Commit to Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Birth Defects
We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, we also know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. Make a PACT, a commitment to yourself, to get healthy before and during pregnancy by actively trying to plan ahead, avoid harmful substances, choose a healthy lifestyle, and talk with your healthcare provider.