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The approximate amount of infants born each year with some kind of birth defect is 150,000. One of those frightening defects and the most common cause of death in young infants is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Though many of the specific causes are unknown, the SIDS Network in Connecticut is working to decrease the number of deceased infants and reach out to all those who have been affected. Support them by donating a car to help fund research and outreach.

 

Birth defects can be caused by a wide range of things. Doctors have found general causes to be genetics, chromosome issues, certain medications, and infections. Despite the many birth defects that cannot be prevented or derive from unknown causes, there are precautions you can take that will decrease your risk and entail a healthier pregnancy.

1. Include a multivitamin in your diet daily before and during pregnancy

Pregnancy calls for certain amounts of vitamins and minerals to support the new life growing inside. Iron, Folic acid and vitamins A, C and D will make an impact on an unborn child. Taking a generous amount of specifically folic acid will majorly decrease the risk of significant brain and spine defects. Act now by taking multivitamins every day one month before your pregnancy and throughout your pregnancy.

2. Talk with a Doctor About Your Risk Factors

Talk with your doctor about any medical conditions or health problems you may have and how they could factor into birth defects. Knowing your risks and limits in certain situations can help you nurture a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor can help you establish patterns and lifestyle changes during your pregnancy that will specifically target any certain risks you may have.

3. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle and Weight

Studies have shown that women who are obese have a higher chance of having children with birth defects. Cleft palate, neural tube defects and heart defects are some of the most common obesity cause defects in newborn babies. The best prevention method for this is to be at a normal weight before becoming pregnant.

4. Steer Clear of Harmful Substances

A leading cause of infant defects is the use of alcohol during pregnancy. Staying away from alcohol can largely decrease your risk and prevent lifetime learning, behavioral and physical disabilities and problems. Another way to avoid those same birth defects plus abnormal growths is to refrain from any kind of recreational and/or illegal drug use. The risk of serious birth complications and early birth can be minimized by staying away from drugs, alcohol and other known harmful substances.

5. Be Careful and Cautious with use of Medications

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or even considering becoming pregnant, it’s important to tell your doctor and anyone who prescribes you medications. Specific medications have been linked to causing certain birth defects. It would also be smart to take preventative measures with any over the counter drug you may use or be using, such as herbal products, allergy remedies, pain relievers and skin treatments, and to discuss them with a health care professional. Taking these precautions can reduce your risks of defects.

 

Endorse the SIDS Network and other birth defect charities by taking these precautions and/or donating a car today.

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