Category: Pregnancy

Alcohol- and other drug-related birth defects

Alcohol- and other drug-related birth defects

During pregnancy your growing baby depends on you to keep him healthy. That’s why it’s important that you stay away from harmful substances, like alco ...
Sexually transmitted infections: Common questions

Sexually transmitted infections: Common questions

What is a sexually transmitted infection? A sexually transmitted infection (also called STI, sexually transmitted disease or STD) is an infection tha ...
Don’t drink alcohol during pregnancy

Don’t drink alcohol during pregnancy

There’s no safe amount of alcohol or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. If you drink alcohol even before you know you’re pregnant, it ca ...
Down syndrome: What you need to know

Down syndrome: What you need to know

World Down Syndrome Day is observed every year on March 21. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Down syndrome (also cal ...
Making safe food choices during pregnancy

Making safe food choices during pregnancy

By Chrystal Okonta, USDA Happy National Nutrition Month! Every mom wants to make healthy food choices for themselves and their children. But are yo ...
What you need to know about pain medication and pregnancy

What you need to know about pain medication and pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 191 million opioid prescriptions were American patients in 2017. Prescrip ...
Protect yourself from mercury

Protect yourself from mercury

Mercury is a metal that should be avoided – especially during pregnancy. If you come into contact with high levels of mercury, it can damage your hear ...
Folic acid: what you need to know

Folic acid: what you need to know

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week – a great time to learn all about why folic acid is so important! Below we break down all you need to know. What ...
Planning a pregnancy? It is never too soon to reach a healthy weight!

Planning a pregnancy? It is never too soon to reach a healthy weight!

This year the theme of National Birth Defects Prevention Month is Best for You, Best for Baby. For the next four Mondays, an expert from the Organizat ...
Safe travel during pregnancy

Safe travel during pregnancy

‘Tis the season to book a relaxing vacation or maybe a long weekend to visit family. If you’ve already started planning and packing, take a minute to ...