LAKE, MECOSTA COUNTIES -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth defects occur in about 1 in every 33 infants born in the United States per year. That's why during National Birth Defect Prevention Month in January, District Health Department No. 10 is seeking to increase public knowledge of five critical tips to reduce the chances of birth defects in babies.
"Not all birth defects can be prevented, but you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy," said Anne Bianchi, MS, RD, Director of District Health Department No. 10's Women, Infant, and Children program. "Taking care of yourself and doing what's best for you is also best for your baby."