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