‘Healthy bodies make healthy babies’– This phrase is true to every woman who plans pregnancy. Its not just about the food that you eat which impacts the growth of the baby, but implementing healthy lifestyle choices help prevent birth defects.
Not every birth defect be prevented, but those we can, we should. Typically, birth defects happen within the first three months of pregnancy, so we need to be extra cautious of everything that needs to be practiced & prevented.
What are birth defects and how do they happen?
A birth defect is a developmental problem that happens when a baby is growing in the womb. Some can be caused genetically or a result of environmental factors. Most of the defects are outcome of the unhealthy habits that we follow. Luckily, there are many things that can be done to make sure that your child is born the healthiest! Following some important thumb rule of healthy living can help you prevent birth defects.
1. Consult your healthcare provider for checkups, medications & family health history
2. Choose healthy lifestyle with nutritious diet & exercise.
3. Avoid alcohol, smoking and exposure to harmful substances.
4. Plan your pregnancy
Birth defects can be prevented by just having the right advised nutritious diet, prescribed prenatal medications or vitamins and limited environmental exposure.
Every choice that you make during pregnancy is vital for the health of you & your baby. Most birth defects are preventable; it is just about planning ahead healthy.
Published in Public Interest by Kailash Healthcare