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Wear Gray in January for Birth Defects Awareness Month

Pregnancy is a very exciting time for millions of parents. If you ask most if they’re hoping for a boy or a girl, most will answer “I just want a healthy baby.” According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), birth defects affect about 1 in every 33 babies born in the USA every year. In January, organizations across the country work to spread awareness to help prevent the developments of birth defects moms all over the world can have happy, healthy pregnancies and babies.

The CDC defines birth defects as “a problem that happens while the baby is developing in the mother’s body.  Most birth defects happen during the first 3 months of pregnancy.”

While many birth defects mostly affect the heart, others like spina bifida affect the spine and anencephaly affect the brain.  Orofacial clefts (cleft lips and cleft palates) affect 1 in 700 to 1,ooo babies in some parts of the world.

Organizations like The March of Dimes make it their mission to help moms have healthy pregnancies and to help if babies are born with health issues. 

One of the most common things you may hear is “take your folic acid to help prevent birth defects” and “don’t smoke or drink when you’re pregnant.”  Those are just a few things you should do.  Other things, like preventing infections and staying as healthy as possible, are equally important.  Moms are the lifelines to their babies when they’re pregnant and are the first defense against many issues that could come up during those nine months.

Learn more about preventing birth defects from the CDC website.

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