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What are cleft lip and cleft palate?

What are cleft lip and cleft palate?

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that happen during pregnancy.  Your baby’s lips form between 4 and 7 weeks, and the palate (roo ...
Preconception checkups: why they’re important

Preconception checkups: why they’re important

Are you planning a pregnancy or thinking of getting pregnant sometime in the future? If so, it’s never too early to get ready for a healthy pregn ...
January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month

January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month

Every year, leading organizations come together in January to raise awareness about birth defects and the impact these conditions have on familie ...
Healthy weight before pregnancy

Healthy weight before pregnancy

Tips for starting pregnancy at a healthy weight Starting pregnancy at a healthy weight is a great way to help you have a healthier pregnancy. ...
Can having a fever while pregnant hurt my baby?

Can having a fever while pregnant hurt my baby?

The average body temperature is usually around 98.6 F (37 C). A fever happens when your body reaches a higher temperature than the normal range. ...
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 ...
How to avoid harmful substances during pregnancy

How to avoid harmful substances during pregnancy

For many people, the start of a new year is a great time to think about new beginnings. If one of those new beginnings is planning a pregnancy, t ...
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 ...