Story by: Kim Huston on January 17, 2020
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Birth defects are health conditions that a child has at birth. The condition may be immediately apparent or may be found by testing. Some conditions may not be apparent until later in life. While some birth defects cannot be prevented, there are some things women considering pregnancy can do to limit risks.
Some birth defects cannot be prevented, including those that are passed down to children through their genes, as well as birth defects caused by issues with chromosomes. The cause of the majority of birth defects is unknown. However, some defects are caused by exposure to certain medicines, infections or chemicals in the womb.
There are certain things women considering pregnancy can do to help lower the risk of birth defects.
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