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3 Tips for National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Essential Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

When you're expecting, it's essential to understand the role that your habits play in ensuring that your child is born healthy. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and while not all of them are 100% preventable, there are things you can do to reduce the risks.

Here are three easy tips that can help you reduce the likelihood of birth defects developing during pregnancy.

#1. Avoid Harmful Substances and Activities

Doctors always caution against consuming alcohol and smoking during pregnancy as these can lead to significant complications. Their effects on fetal development should not be overlooked: alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs have proven to increase the risk of intellectual disabilities and birth defects.

Likewise, expectant mothers should be mindful of maintaining a healthy weight during their pregnancy. Significant weight loss past the first trimester or even substantial weight gain can negatively affect fetal development.

#2. Incorporate Healthy Habits Into Your Daily Routines

Expectant mothers are flooded with advice about what foods to avoid and what to add to their diet. Although some may have some truth, one of the best ways to ensure your child is developing healthily is to work on your general wellbeing. Exercising (even if it's just a quick walk around the block), staying hydrated, and eating healthy are simple fixes that can be incorporated into even the busiest routine.

#3. Schedule Regular Appointments with Your OB-GYN and PCP

Regular appointments are a crucial component of your health regardless of pregnancy, but these become especially important to keep track of your health and fetal development. Ensuring that you attend regular prenatal appointments with your OB-GYN or check-ups with your primary care physician (PCP) can help monitor the risk of birth defects and get the care you need to avoid complications.

Angel Law, P.C. Can Help Protect Your Child

Although many birth defects are genetic, birth injuries are largely the result of negligent care during labor and delivery. Our Portland firm has dedicated our practice to helping families seek justice after being harmed by medical professionals.

We can help you, too. Schedule a consultation with our team by calling (503) 862-8666 or filling out this short form.