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Best for you, Best for your Baby- January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

January brings awareness to Birth Defects and how women can prevent their babies from being affected. Not all birth defects can be prevented, but we can start somewhere. You can start by making sure all your vaccinations are up to date such as flu and whooping cough before getting pregnant. These illnesses can be serious, and getting vaccinated can protect your child for several months after birth.

Another way to prevent birth defects is to protect yourself from insect bites. Mosquitos sometimes carry several infections including West Nile virus, Dengue virus, malaria, and Zika virus. Zika can cause a very serious birth defect called microcephalic, incomplete brain development. To also avoid Zika, do not travel to areas known to have the Zika virus. Use insect repellants to help keep mosquitos away, you can also wear clothes that cover more skin.

Practicing good hygiene can help prevent birth defects as well. Not smoking, or drinking alcohol can also help with preventing Birth Defects. Eating healthy and making correct decisions when it comes to what you put in your body can prevent too. Making sure you are STD free is also important to the health of your baby. For more information this month please visit this site today, and share this post. Remember, what’s Best for you, is Best for your Baby.

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