Although the focus of our coalition is folic acid awareness – we all have one major goal in mind: healthy babies. While the cause of most birth defects is unknown, there is still much that is known about how to have the best chance of having a healthy baby.
Some tips for things you can do to have the best chance of having a healthy baby are:
Avoid the use of cigarettes and other recreational drugs
Remember that just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is safe. Check with your doctor before using any vitamins, minerals, herbal products, energy drinks, home remedies or supplements before getting pregnant
Stabilize your weight before getting pregnant. Pregnancy is not the time to lose weight.
Note that things such as second-hand smoke can be just as bad for your baby as if you had done it yourself.
Assess your school or workplace for possible harmful exposures.
Ask your partner (and others living in the home) to help you by adjusting their habits so you are not tempted
Avoid contact with uncooked meats and kitty litter.
Your doctor may want to do blood tests to check for your infection status
Arkansas Folic Acid Coalition 1 Children’s Way Slot 512-22
Little Rock, AR 72202
Antenatal Neonatal Guidelines, Education, and Learning System (ANGELS)
Toll free: 1-866-273-3835
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