Tag: birth defects

Can Gestational Diabetes Lead to Type 2 Diabetes? How to Reduce Your Risk

Can Gestational Diabetes Lead to Type 2 Diabetes? How to Reduce Your Risk

If you had gestational diabetes during your last pregnancy, you might be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Because March 23 i ...
Can Eating Healthy Before Pregnancy Prevent Birth Defects?

Can Eating Healthy Before Pregnancy Prevent Birth Defects?

The foods you eat provide nutrients that are important to help you be healthy before and during pregnancy. Nutrients are parts of food, like vita ...
Reducing the risk for congenital heart defects

Reducing the risk for congenital heart defects

A teratogen is something that can cause a birth defect or increase the risk of a baby having a birth defects. Certain medicines are teratogens be ...
World Birth Defects Day is March 3 – Join the Twitter chat!

World Birth Defects Day is March 3 – Join the Twitter chat!

March 3 is World Birth Defects Day, a global event to create awareness about birth defects. Birth defects can cause serious problems in a baby’s ...
6 steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy in 2021

6 steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy in 2021

If you are planning to become pregnant in 2021, protecting yourself and making healthy choices are more important now more than ever as we contin ...
Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix

If you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant or think you may be pregnant, stay away from alcohol. Drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy can ...
How is gastroschisis diagnosed and treated?

How is gastroschisis diagnosed and treated?

Gastroschisis Awareness Day is Thursday, July 30, 2020. Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall this is becoming more co ...
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm your baby

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm your baby

Pregnancy will change your life in many ways. For example, when you become pregnant, what you drink, eat and breathe may change because certain t ...
Diabetes and birth defects: Is there a connection?

Diabetes and birth defects: Is there a connection?

Diabetes is a condition in which your body has too much sugar in the blood (called blood sugar or glucose). Preexisting diabetes (also called ...
What is gastroschisis? -part 1

What is gastroschisis? -part 1

Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. It happens when the muscles that make up the abdominal wall don’t connect properly ...