Pre-Pregnancy Planning Promoted During National Birth Defects Prevention Month

DATE: January 26, 2006
Contact: Communication Office

BURLINGTON – Taking a multivitamin everyday and switching to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables are two ways women can make healthy lifestyle choices in advance of thinking about becoming pregnant.

‘Good Health Habits for a Lifetime’ is the theme of National Birth Defects Prevention Month this January.
“Small steps like talking to your health care provider before you get pregnant, and daily consumption of 400 mcg of the B vitamin folic acid started prior to conception can go a long way to providing your baby with a healthy start,” said Dr. Donald Swartz, the Department of Health’s Director of Maternal and Child Health.

The Health Department is encouraging women to know their family history or genetic risks, schedule regular health care check-ups – including a “preconceptional” visit with a health care provider, and closely manage any ongoing or chronic medical conditions before trying to become pregnant.

To learn more, please contact your health care provider or check out the following websites: