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Reduce your risk of birth defects during pregnancy

No pregnant woman wants to dwell on the possibility that her baby may be born with birth defects. Yet, roughly 150,000 babies are born with one or more birth defects annually here in the United States.

In more than half of the cases, there is no way to determine the cause of these birth defects. Still, it's possible to take steps to the reduce risk of some birth defects and have a healthy baby. Mothers-to-be have to be aware of the situation and understand what they can do to help their babies get the best start in life possible. They include:

  • Breaking bad habits. Pregnant women know to eschew drugs, drinking and smoking, but some may be unaware of the dangers of caffeine to a developing fetus.
  • Take folic acid. Women of childbearing age should daily take multivitamins that contain 400-800 mcg of folic acid. Lack of sufficient folic acid in the early stages of pregnancy increases the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida occurring.

Despite a mother's best efforts, sometimes the baby is born with birth defects anyway. In some cases, they are caused by preventable birth injuries inflicted upon the newborns by medical personnel during the birthing process.

If your baby was injured during delivery due to a doctor's or midwife's negligent actions (or inactions), you have the right to seek compensation for these losses and future damage to your child.

It can be difficult to think clearly at such a time when the birth hormones are flowing, and your emotions are roiling. But to preserve your right to take legal action, it's important to act before the case proscribes and leaves you with no recourse.

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