Preventing Birth Defects

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

THINK AHEAD!

  • 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.)

REMEMBER

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