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Although not all birth defects can be prevented, many steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby. It is important to prevent those infections that can increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems for mothers and babies.
Here are some helpful tips for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant:
· Get the flu shot and the whooping cough vaccine.
· Become up-to-date with all vaccines before getting pregnant.
Prevent insect bites.
· Use insect repellent.
· Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside.
· Consider avoiding travel to areas with Zika virus.
Practice good hygiene.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water.
· Avoid putting a young child’s cup or pacifier in your mouth.
Talk to your healthcare provider.
· Ask about how you can prevent infections, such as Zika virus.
· Discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
In addition, all women capable of becoming pregnant should eat a healthy diet, be physically active, and take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day. These steps can go a long way in promoting a healthy you and a healthy baby.