LANSING, Mich. — January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and the state health department is offering tips on how to improve chances of giving birth to a happy and healthy baby.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services(MDHHS), approximately 13,000 Michigan infants are diagnosed with birth defects each year less than one year after their birth.
We’re told birth defects can sometimes result in lifelong health problems.
“As medical care and treatment have improved, babies and children with birth defects are living longer and healthier lives,” says Chief Medical Executive Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian. “Although not all birth defects can be prevented, pregnant people and prospective parents are encouraged to make healthy choices and adopt healthier habits to help lower their risk of having a baby born with a birth defect.”
To reduce the risk of birth defects, experts recommend that expecting parents do the following:
- You should consume 400 micrograms of Folic acid every day starting at least one month prior to conception.
- To ensure a healthy pregnancy, make an appointment with your doctor.
- Keep up-to-date with all the latest vaccinations before entering pregnancy.
- Prioritize your mind and body care before and during pregnancy.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol, drugs, and other harmful substances.
Visit the National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s Website For more information, please visit
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