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December 22, 2014

Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned.

ABC’s…Pregnancy Tips (A-Z)

A – Avoid exposure to toxic substances and chemicals — such as cleaning solvents, lead and mercury, some insecticides, and paint. Pregnant women should avoid exposure to paint fumes. B – Be sure to see your doctor at Belize Medical Associates and get prenatal care as soon as you think you’re pregnant. It’s important to see your doctor regularly throughout pregnancy, so be sure to keep all your prenatal care appointments. and… Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for both you and your baby. Talk to your doctor, your family and friends, about how you choose to feed your baby and how they can support you in your decision. C – Cigarette smoking during pregnancy can result in low birth weight babies. It has been associated with infertility, miscarriages, tubal pregnancies, infant mortality and childhood morbidity. Additionally, cigarette smoking may cause long-term learning disabilities. If you smoke, you should try to quit. Secondary smoke ma