Looking for information you can trust during pregnancy and your baby’s first year?
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health and text4baby have teamed up to help moms-to-be find reliable health resources for their pregnancy.
Text4baby is the first free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging. Women who text “BABY” (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday.
The FDA also provides tips on medicines, food safety, breast pumps and more for expectant moms.
Learn more about important conversations you should be having with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to increase the safety of your pregnancy by watching the video Resources for You and Your Baby.
If you have questions about having a healthy pregnancy, you can ask experts live during a Twitter chat, Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. To participate use the hashtag #pregchat.
Did you know that every 4 ½ minutes a baby in the United States is born with a major birth defect? January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about birth defects and of the steps that can be taken to prevent them. While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things you can do to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.
- In addition to eating a healthy diet, be sure to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy.
- See a health care professional regularly. Talk to them about taking any medicine, including prescription and over-the counter medicines and dietary or herbal supplements, and take only what is needed. Talk to your health care provider before starting or stopping any medication.
- Work to get health conditions, like diabetes, in control before becoming pregnant, and keep them in good control during pregnancy.
- Try to reach and maintain a healthy weight before becoming pregnant.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy.
Managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant is important, because many birth defects happen very early during pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Take care of yourself today for a healthy baby tomorrow.
Find more information about birth defects and educational and promotional materials for National Birth Defects Prevention Month.
Text4Baby is a proven way to keep expectant mothers informed about staying healthy. The service sends free text message tips about pregnancy and taking care of a baby.
Newborn screening identifies conditions that can affect a child’s long-term health or survival. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. Each year, millions of babies in the U.S. are routinely screened, using a few drops of blood from the newborn’s heel, for certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders, and are also tested for hearing loss prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center.
Learn more about Newborn Screening from the Centers for Disease Control.
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