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Tips to Prevent Birth Defects

While genetic birth defects cannot be prevented, a number of issues can be avoided by simply taking care of your body. The following facts can help you take a healthy approach to your pregnancy.

Don't drink alcohol or smoke while pregnant.
Any alcohol consumed by a mother during pregnancy will continue to the baby's blood stream. Completely avoiding alcohol is the only sure way to avoid fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Similarly, cigarette smoke gained first or secondhand can lead to side effects ranging from cleft palate to infant death. Stop smoking and drinking as soon as possible during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant.

Avoid harmful drugs.
Illegal drugs can negatively affect your child. The consequences of taking drugs while pregnant can include premature or low-weight birth, as well as other health problems. Additionally, certain medications are not recommended for pregnant women, as they tend to cause birth defects. Consult with your doctor before changing your medical prescription.

Monitor your health during pregnancy.
In addition putting her child at risk, a woman has a higher chance of experiencing various complications during pregnancy on account of obesity. If possible, it is best to reach a healthy weight before attempting to get pregnant. Likewise, keeping a close watch on diabetes can eliminate serious problems for the mother and child during pregnancy.

Take folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects.
This B vitamin is notable for its ability to limit the chance of spine and brain defects, including anencephaly and spina bifida. Four hundred micrograms of folic acid a day taken before and during pregnancy will supply a mother and her child with enough folic acid to reduce the risk of certain defects.

Visit your doctor for more advice.
In addition to the tips listed above, there are other means of minimizing your child's risk of serious birth defects. A doctor can help you seek proper vaccinations, minimize your risk of getting an infection, and take any other precautions necessary for protecting your child's health.

Need an Attorney?

While many aspects of a healthy pregnancy are under your control, some are the result of others' negligence. If your child has suffered a birth defect on account of medical malpractice or other preventable problems, contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. immediately. Our Georgia birth injury lawyers have recovered more than $100 million for clients and can apply more than 50 years of aggregate experience to helping you seek a favorable outcome. Call today for a free consultation!