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HEALTHIER YOU: Awareness of birth defects

January 22, 2022 by  
Filed under Health

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN

DR. ANNETTE MAYES

As we usher in the New Year, many are ready to welcome new babies in 2022. There are many things to consider during pregnancy, and it is natural for couples to worry about the health of their unborn child. Those common concerns are why it is important to raise awareness about birth defects.

Birth defects are structural changes present at birth that can affect any part of the body. Advancements in medicine and surgery have led to better survival, and thankfully more children with birth defects can grow up to lead full lives.

Awareness of birth defects across the lifespan helps provide individuals, parents, and families affected by birth defects with the information they need to seek proper care. It also gives healthcare professionals the evidence they need to deliver the best care for patients across all stages of life: before and during pregnancy, and in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Birth defects can happen for many reasons. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, people can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant.

Having a baby is a special, life changing experience — but it can also present challenges for new parents. Parents of a child with a birth defect can face these challenges and prepare for their child’s needs by learning about their child’s condition.

Meeting the complex needs of a person with birth defects involves the whole family and can be challenging at times. But finding resources, knowing what to expect, and planning for the future can help.

For more information, call Las Vegas All Women’s Care at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane #165 in Las Vegas.

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