Fact Sheets about Birth Defects

Basic Information


5 Things you need to know about congenital heart defects
5 Things You Need to Know about Congential Heart Defects pdf icon[PDF – 932KB]
Learn important facts about congential heart defects in newborns.

Preventing Birth Defects

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Folic Acid
Folic acid can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. CDC has materials for women, healthcare providers, and others on the benefits of folic acid.


Alcohol and Pregnancy Fact Sheet

Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong disorders, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). CDC has materials for women, healthcare providers, and others on alcohol use in pregnancy and FASDs.


Got diabetes? Thinking about having a baby?

Got diabetes? Thinking about having a baby? pdf icon[PDF – 1.3MB]
View, download, and print this brochure about diabetes and pregnancy.


Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy pdf icon[PDF – 1.24MB]
View, download, and print this brochure about gestational diabetes and pregnancy.


CDC’s Work

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CDC’s Birth Defects Activities pdf icon[PDF – 271 KB]
View, download, and print this one page overview of CDC’s birth defects activities.


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CDC’s National Birth Defects Prevention Study pdf icon[PDF – 515 KB]
View, download, and print this one page overview.