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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

One in every five infant deaths occurs because of birth defects. There are several steps pregnant women can take to protect their baby:

  • Take a vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol
  • See your health care professional regularly
  • Talk to your doctor about vaccinations (shots)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent infections
  • See your health care provider regularly

Click here for a fact sheet with more information. 





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