Healthy before pregnancy Achieve a healthy lifestyle BEFORE becoming pregnant. Making healthy choices before pregnancy can greatly improve birth outcomes. A daily multivitamin, eating smart and moving more NOW makes a big difference.
Main messages Make your life simple—take a multivitamin Eat smart, move more Know your risks, have a plan Be a champion for healthy babies
Overview Section 1: Birth outcome terms Section 2: Causes of poor birth outcomes Section 3: Overview of birth defects Section 4: NC and birth outcomes Section 5: What a healthy pregnancy looks like
Birth defects: Multifactorial Cleft lip/palate Neural tube defects Heart defects Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Neural tube defects Anencephaly Spina bifida Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Neural tube defects 2,500-3,000 U.S. babies are born each year with NTDs Another 1,500 are still born or terminated because of this birth defect In NC, approximately 200 pregnancies are affected by a NTD each year