National Birth Defects Prevention Month
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. This month is advocated by birth professionals across the United States, in an effort to raise awareness for the birth defects that one in 33 children born in the U.S. face (approximately 120,000 per year).
As part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, advocates promote awareness about several ways birth defects come about, and how pregnant mothers can better ensure the health of their children, even before they’re born.
If you are a pregnant mother, here are some things you can do to help protect your unborn child:
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Control your blood glucose level (especially if you have diabetes)
- Maintain a healthy weight (both before, and during pregnancy)
- Avoid both OTC and prescription medications except in emergency situations
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet, increasing your consumption of leafy greens and other food rich in folate (folate is the natural form of the synthetic supplement, folic acid).
Birth defects are sometimes caused by injuries that occur during the labor and birth process. If your care provider was negligent, if they performed certain operations or procedures without your consent, or if something they did caused harm to the baby, you deserve to be compensated for their mistakes.
Help us hold the doctors to their oath to protect and heal, not cause harm and allow negligent behavior on their watch. If you have a child that was injured during the birth process and suffers from a birth defect, call the birth trauma lawyers of Wagner Reese today for your free consultation.