Recommendations to help prevent Birth Defects and have Healthy Babies
April 20th, 2006
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.