Learn More about Birth Defects
About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.
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- Learn what you can do before & during pregnancy to improve your chances of having a healthy baby.
- All women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
Every 4.5 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect. Major birth defects are conditions present at birth that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body.
CDC has created buttons to help increase awareness of birth defects. You can help by posting a button to your website, blog, or social networking site (e.g., Facebook page).
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