Birth Defects Prevention
- Take vitamins in advance
To help prevent neural tube and other birth defects, start taking a daily multivitamin months before getting pregnant and continue through your pregnancy; look for brands with at least 400 mcg of folic acid and 15 mg of zinc
- Don’t drink alcohol
Protect your baby from a variety of serious birth defects and developmental disorders by avoiding alcohol while you’re pregnant
- Keep an eye on vitamin A
Check with your healthcare practitioner before taking supplements that contain more than 10,000 IU of vitamin A
- Cut the caffeine
Reduce the risk of miscarriage by avoiding caffeinated coffee, tea, and soft drinks
- Avoid too much noise
Stay away from noisy workplace environments, loud music, and airport jet traffic to protect your baby’s fragile ears and hearing
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