Birth Defects

Q&A: What women want to know about Zika

July 10, 2017
A Zika expert answers your questions about this virus and how it affects you and your family

Agricultural compounds in drinking water linked to birth defects

April 21, 2016
Three different substances, commonly found in private wells in rural agricultural areas, seem to cause problems when ingested during early pregnancy

For both men and women, pregnancy and alcohol are toxic mix

March 1, 2016
Drinking habits of both the mother and father may cause problems for children

INFOGRAPHIC: A closer look at birth defects

February 2, 2016
Not all birth defects are preventable, but, there are several ways to increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby

Higher daily nitrate intake from drinking water during pregnancy associated with birth defects

June 2, 2014

Findings from a study of mothers and their exposures during the first trimester of pregnancy suggest that higher nitrate intake from drinking water sources might be associated with some types of defects in babies.

Are over-the-counter drugs safe during pregnancy?

June 1, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that 10 percent or more of birth defects occur from medications taken during pregnancy.

Crossing Borders: Researcher finds behavioral links between Mexican immigrants and higher birth weights

April 14, 2014

Many Mexican immigrants are affected by the risk factors that result in low birth weight in the United States. But, Robin Page, Ph.D., RN, CNM, found that first-generation Mexican immigrant mothers continue to boast higher birth weights despite these risk factors and attributes these different results with differences in prenatal health behaviors borne from cultural standards and values.

Seven tips for a healthy pregnancy

January 28, 2014

The choices you make before and during pregnancy could make a difference in the overall health of your baby.

Vitamin C reduces risk of birth defects with nitrosatable drug use in early pregnancy

June 28, 2013

Taking a daily supplement that contains vitamin C during the first trimester of pregnancy while taking nitrosatable drugs – certain decongestants, antihistamines and antibiotics – can lower the odds of delivering an infant with certain birth defects among mothers who take such drugs.