Birth Defects Prevention Month: What Can You Do to Protect Your Unborn Child

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Each year in the United States, about 1 in 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Of those, congenital heart defects, spina bifida, cleft lip, and cleft palates are among the most common. While it’s impossible to entirely eliminate the risk of birth defects, there are steps you can take both before and during pregnancy to lower your risk.

The Importance of Folic Acid for Women – Before and During Pregnancy

Folic Acid, known as vitamin B9, is a dietary supplement directly linked to important functions of the body, including the formation of red blood cells, the synthesis and repair of RNA and DNA, and particularly important phases of fetal development. It is especially important for women who plan to conceive or are pregnant.

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