Preventing Birth Defects: Making Sure Your Baby Develops as Healthy as Possible
Posted January 11, 2018
“It doesn’t matter the gender, as long as it’s healthy”.
If you have ever spent any time around expecting parents, you have probably heard this phrase. All any parent wants is for their child to be healthy and happy. Unfortunately, there are times when this does not happen. About 150,000 children a year are born with at least one birth defect in the United States, and January is Birth Defect Awareness Month. There are thousands of different forms of birth defects and the causes of over half of them are unknown. The good news is that an expectant mother can become knowledgeable and take preventative action to minimize a birth defect risk.
Taking Preventative Steps
Pregnancy should be a happy and exciting time for soon to be parents. With the joy and enthusiasm can also come worry and anxiety. You naturally want the absolute best for your child, but you may not know how to ensure a healthy delivery. Take a deep breath and keep calm! There are numerous ways to help ensure your pregnancy has the best outcome.
Taking care of the mother
It is just as important to ensure the mother’s health during pregnancy as the baby’s. It is important to maintain a balanced diet for both mother and baby. You should also talk to your doctor about how to keep active without harming the baby.
Regular doctor visits
There’s no need to do things alone. There are plenty of health care providers who will be ready and willing to offer you help and advice. However, your doctor will be the person who can best help you when it comes to birth defects. Ask them what your risks are and find out if you can take any wellness exams for you and your baby. These exams are routine for pregnancies and can be covered by most insurances. Sometimes birth defects can be passed on through genetics. Doctors can also help with any daily habits you may need to change while pregnant, such as diet, exercise, and medications you are taking.
Avoid the obvious
Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, these are all things that should be avoided while pregnant. Taking part in any of these activities during pregnancy could be dangerous for the baby and cause future problems for the mother and her unborn child.
Be mindful of the environment
While there are toxins and germs that may have no effect of the mother, it is possible for them to affect the baby by passing through the placenta. The mother should do her best to avoid as many toxins as she can, including cleaning chemicals, cigarette smoke, and certain forms of paint. This is a time when keeping things as natural and organic as possible is a good idea.
Let Us Join Your Support System
Another key step in staying healthy is staying on top of your medication regimen. We care about your health, and we want to be a part of your support system. The mother’s doctor may suggest taking multivitamins during pregnancy and it can be hard to keep track of on top of everything else.
This is why MedaCheck’s app, Habit, sends off an alert when it’s time to take your medication, along with a photo of the drug, the name of the medication, and any specific instructions to take the medication properly—because it’s not just about taking your medication on time, it’s about doing it the right way. Want to learn more about MedaCheck’s easy-to-use medication reminder system? If you’re a hospital, care center, healthcare organization or home care provider, employer or individual, visit www.medacheck.com.