Health Matters

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Improve your chances of a healthier baby.


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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an OB/GYN in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Tillman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine says you have the ability to decrease the risk of birth defects.

“Birth defects are present at the time of birth. They can stem from genetics, exposures during pregnancy, or unknown causes. While not all are avoidable, you can improve your chances of having a healthier baby.”

  • Seek medical care before pregnancy
  • Review your medications and vaccine needs
  • Try to achieve a healthier weight
  • Limit exposure to harmful agents, like mercury and lead
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco products, and illegal drugs

“Simply taking a multivitamin that includes folic acid for at least three months before pregnancy can significantly decrease birth defects. Your health care provider can help navigate a healthier future for you and your baby.”

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