January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The annual initiative urges individuals who are experiencing difficult or high risks pregnancies to see the doctor often to ensure that they are getting adequate nutrition and that mothers and their babies are doing well throughout the pregnancy.
Four Steps to Preventing Infections in Your Baby
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aka the CDC, has an infographic on its website that it encourages people to share. It highlights how to prevent infections in your baby. It offers four main suggestions.
Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food and avoid eating anything that is raw, undercooked, and spoiled. Spend time talking to your gynecologist about the vaccinations that you need to stay healthy and make sure that you get them especially if you plan on traveling to another country where the Zika virus risk is high.
If you’re pregnant during the summer months, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors to prevent mosquitoes from biting you. You’ll also want to find someone else to handle pests such as rodents and to clean the litter box for you. If you touch a pet, make sure to wash your hands regularly.
Talk to Dr. Wilburn About the Questions and Concerns That You Have
These suggestions from the CDC are meant to get you thinking about good hygiene and the things you should and shouldn’t do while pregnant. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Dr. Wilburn with them. She’ll explain to you additional things you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Raise Awareness by Sharing What You’ve Learned with Others in Person and Online
Prevent birth defects in your own and other people’s children by raising awareness about the importance of diet and exercise. Taking a prenatal vitamin during your pregnancy or even before you conceive a child is a smart option because it ensures the you get the folate you need to survive your pregnancy healthily.