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Health Tip: Help Prevent Birth Defects

(HealthDay News) -- Although birth defects can't always be prevented, there are plenty of steps pregnant women can take to help reduce the risk.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions:

  • Make regular visits to your doctor throughout pregnancy.
  • Get 400 mcg of folic acid each day through diet or supplements.
  • Don't smoke, use illegal drugs or drink alcohol while you're pregnant.
  • Always check with your doctor before taking any medication.
  • Get all vaccinations recommended by your doctor.
  • If you have diabetes, keep it under control.
  • Stick to a healthy body weight.

-- Diana Kohnle

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