Friday, January 18 2013, 05:41 PM MST
Preventing Birth Defects
(KUTV) Birth defects are very common in Utah and nationwide. Current trends suggest that a baby is born with a birth defect every 4-and-a-half minutes. Common birth defects include: spinal bifida and orofacial clefts. In most cases, women don’t even know their baby has a birth defect until after the baby is born. Doctor Marcia Feldkamp, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, says that major defects occur 2-8 weeks after conception.
Experts say there are things women can do to reduce their chances of having a baby born with a birth defect. And you are encouraged to do these things before you get pregnant.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit Smoking
- Ingest at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day
The most important thing you can do is talk to your doctor before you get pregnant and discuss things you can do to reduce your chances of having a baby with a birth defect. In most cases, the cause of birth defects is not known.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. For more information, visit: www.endbirthdefects.org
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