Tag: birth defects

Can you reduce the risk of having a baby with spina bifida?

Can you reduce the risk of having a baby with spina bifida?

The spine (backbone) protects the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. Spina bifida happens when the bones in t ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
World Birth Defects Day

World Birth Defects Day

Every year, an estimated 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth defect. In the United States, it’s about 1 in 33 babies. ...
Today is Rare Disease Day

Today is Rare Disease Day

February 28 is Rare Disease Day. Join March of Dimes and the National Organization for Rare Diseases (also called NORD) to raise awareness about t ...
How do I know if my baby has hearing loss?

How do I know if my baby has hearing loss?

Most babies are born being able to hear. But up to 3 in 1,000 babies in the U.S. are born with some kind of hearing loss each year.   Heari ...
It’s Birth Defects Prevention Month — come chat with us!

It’s Birth Defects Prevention Month — come chat with us!

Did you know that January is Birth Defects Prevention Month? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 4 ½ minutes a ba ...
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 ...