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Pregnancy – Recommendations to help prevent Birth Defects and have Healthy Babies

April 20th, 2006

Pregnancy – Recommendations to help prevent Birth Defects and have Healthy Babies


Healthy babies and mothers are improved with routine medical visits and being educated about any potential health dangers.

A report was published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Recommendations and Reports.  This report recommends specific goals to help improve the health of the mother and the baby.

Steps that are recommended for example are to educate women of the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.  Women should take folic acid to reduce serious birth defects such as spina bifida. 

Visits to the doctor before a women becomes pregnant can help determine if the woman has any chronic diseases.  If they diagnose diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure early on it can help to insure a healthy pregnancy. 

Planning your pregnancy can be extremely important if you are taking certain medications.  One acne prescription can cause birth defects and is monitored for women that could get pregnant on a monthly basis.  You may have to discontinue or change certain medications before you get pregnant. 


"We could do much more to improve the health of mothers and babies if we could identify risk factors before pregnancy and educate women about what health changes they can make," said Janis Biermann who is the co-author of the study and vice president for Education and Health Promotion of the March of Dimes. "For some of these problems, the preconception period, or the time between pregnancies, is the only chance to make a difference."


They warn that women in early pregnancy may not be aware that she is pregnant and there are many serious birth defects that can occur early in pregnancy.  Preventing birth defects is a primary focus of this report.

The report asks for the following changes in education and medical services:

  • Have every woman to have a reproductive life plan.

  • Educate the public about preconception health.

  • Offer risk assessment and counseling during primary care visits.

  • Increase the number of women that get interventions after risk screening.

  • Increase time inbetween pregnancies especially for women that had a previous pregnancy that ended in infant death, low birthweight, or premature birth.

  • Recommend one pre-pregnancy visit.

  • Improve on offering health insurance coverage to low-income women.

  • Have preconception health objectives in public health programs.

  • Add more research.

  • Take full advantage of the public health surveillance.sector.

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