Tag: pregnancy

5 of the Most Common — and 4 Surprising — Causes of Birth Defects

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A birth defect — also called a congenital anomaly — is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in the womb. An estimated one out of every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect, of varying severity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re a mom-to-be — or planning to be — it’s important to understand what causes birth defects and the steps you can take to prevent them during pregnancy. Here’s an overview of the most common causes of birth defects:

Let’s Talk Prenatal Massage

prenatal massageGuest Blogger: Maia Wentrup, LMT, Massage Therapist, Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital

Let’s face it, ladies, we aren’t all the same. I know that we know that, but it never hurts to remember that in a world of uniform sizes and styles, we humans are actually really different, inside and out. So, let’s talk about pregnancy … every woman is going to experience pregnancy differently. And, here’s a fun fact, if you have more than one baby, you are likely going to have different experiences each time. It’s what makes being pregnant such an adventure!

Folic Acid and Your Unborn Baby

smiley baby - folic acidGuest Blogger: Ellen Delpapa, MD, Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Planning to become pregnant in 2016? If you answered yes, then it’s time to talk about folic acid and the many positive effects it can have on you and your unborn child. If you’re considering having a baby, now, is the perfect time to share what we know so you can prepare for a healthy baby, even before you’re expecting!