Understanding Birth Defects
 

Birth Defects and the Fight to Prevent Them

Women need to make good lifestyle choices when it comes to sexual partners and preventing unwanted pregnancies so that pregnancies can be planned, ensuring that there is the ability to make preparations for a healthy conception and pregnancy.

 

There is much that can be done to help prevent birth defects. No one likes to see babies suffer or die from birth defects that could have been prevented.

Education is one key to helping moms prepare before becoming pregnant and also to do what ever is necessary during pregnancy to have a healthy baby.

There are many books, Websites and organizations available to help moms and moms-to-be to prepare for a healthy baby free of birth defects. Another key to fighting birth defects is proper prenatal care, this means providing medical care for all pregnant women and providing the means to receive proper nutrition during pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

Education begins with young girls and teaching them about sexual diseases that could affect their future children. Women need to be educated about the need to have preconception planning appointments so that they can do all they can to assure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

There are lifestyle choices that are made preconception and during the pregnancy that can have an affect on the health of the baby including smoking, drinking alcohol, nutrition and hot tub usage.

Healthcare is the concern of all involved in the process including legislative bodies of our government those who govern them and those who vote for issues concerning healthcare.

Those making decisions regarding healthcare issues like which policies to offer employees should take into considerations the needs of women in their reproductive years and the unborn children that may be affected by their decision to provide healthcare or not.

Women need to make good lifestyle choices when it comes to sexual partners and preventing unwanted pregnancies so that pregnancies can be planned, ensuring that there is the ability to make preparations for a healthy conception and pregnancy.

Books:

Protecting Your Baby-To-Be: Preventing Birth Defects in the First Trimester by Margie Profet

The Healthy Baby Book, A Parent's Guide to Preventing Birth Defects and Other Long-Term Medical Problems Before, During and After Pregnancy by Carolyn Reuben

Preventing two of the most common and severe birth defect: An article from: Humpty Dumpty's Magazine by Cory SerVaas (Digital - June 1, 2005)

Smoking and Pregnancy: The Politics of Fetal Protection by Laury Oaks

Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other alcohol-related birth defects by Elizabeth Howard

Causes Birth Defects

If you are at high risk (age, ethnic background or family history) seek genetic counseling. Nutrition during pregnancy: One way to prevent birth defects is to ensure that your baby has the proper building blocks for good fetal development.

Websites:

The March of Dimes has a Website where viewers can find information about pregnancy, babies and prematurity including how to reduce infant mortality and birth defects. The Website can be found at:

http://www.marchofdimes.com/

The National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has a Website that can be found at:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/

Kidshealth.org also has a section of their site devoted to preventing birth defects. It can be found at:

http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/birth_defects.html

The American Pregnancy Association also has birth defect prevention tips that can be found on:

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/birthdefects/index.htm

There are many organizations set up to help educate and assist in the fight against birth defects. They are:

March of Dimes

ECLAMC (the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations)

IBIS (International Birth Defects Information System)

The International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Monitoring Systems

World Alliance of Organizations for the Prevention of Birth Defects

FPBD (Families Preventing Birth Defects)

Better Your Health

Types of Birth Defects Explained
▫  Birth Defect-- Cerebral Palsy
▫  Birth Defect--Cleft Lip-Palate
▫  Birth Defect--Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
▫  Birth Defect--Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
▫  Birth Defect--Phenylketonuria
▫  Birth Defect--Spina Bifida
▫  Birth Defects and the Fight to Prevent Them
▫  Exploring Common Birth Defects
▫  Fight Birth Defects With Good Nutrition
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