Preventing Birth Defects


What you eat before and during pregnancy can prevent birth defects.



  • If you’re planning a pregnancy, begin healthy behaviors now!

  • See your doctor or health care provider early.

  • Stop smoking!

  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.

  • Eat a healthy diet including vitamin B (folic acid).

  • Prenatal vitamins or multivitamins with folic acid.

  • Food with folic acid, such as orange juice, green leafy vegetables, beans, fortified cereals and enriched grain products.

  • Recommended intake of folic acid is 400 micrograms each day. (Do not exceed 1,000 micrograms per day.)


Most pregnancies are unplanned.
Start now to take folic acid every day.