Author: March of Dimes

The impact of rare diseases

The impact of rare diseases

In the U.S., any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people is considered rare. Today, the last day of February is Rare Disease Day, an international ...
Is it possible to stop preterm labor?

Is it possible to stop preterm labor?

This is a question we received recently through the March of Dimes website. Preterm labor is labor that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnanc ...
Preconception health for dads

Preconception health for dads

We talk a lot about getting a woman’s body ready for pregnancy. But what about men? Dad’s health before pregnancy is important too. Here are a few thi ...
Ending preventable stillbirths

Ending preventable stillbirths

It is impossible to put in to words the unimaginable pain a family experiences when a stillbirth occurs. The loss and void it creates can never be fil ...

Folic acid fortification saves millions of dollars and reduces neural tube defects

Since the U.S. started requiring that folic acid be added to certain foods (known as fortification), there has been a 28% reduction in cases of babies ...
Folic acid is in many cereals

Folic acid is in many cereals

Getting enough folic acid before pregnancy doesn’t have to be a chore. Taking a multivitamin that contains folic acid is an easy way to get the amount ...

Three common folic acid myths

We receive a lot of questions about folic acid. Here are three of the most common misconceptions people seem to have. Myth #1: Folic acid reduces t ...
Folic acid can help reduce the risk of spina bifida

Folic acid can help reduce the risk of spina bifida

If a woman of childbearing age takes 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy, it can help reduce her baby's risk for ...
Need to catch up on your zzzz’s?

Need to catch up on your zzzz’s?

Your baby hasn’t arrived yet, so why is it so hard to get enough sleep? Getting up to go to the bathroom, heartburn and having to adjust pillows to fi ...
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

Necrotizing enterocoloitis, also known as NEC, is a condition of the intestinal tract that almost only affects premature babies. It often begins 2 or ...