Birth Defects
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Preventing birth defects

While not all birth defects can be prevented, women can take some actions to increase their chances of having a healthy infant.

Before becoming pregnant:

While pregnant:

Minimize exposure to chemicals

While the relationships between most chemicals and birth defects are unknown, pregnant women can take steps to minimize their exposure to chemicals in the environment. The CDC recommends that pregnant women should:

More prevention resources

The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program Preconception Health

Every Woman California Preconception Health Council of California

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Birth Defects Prevention

March of Dimes Birth Defects