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A Healthy Diet May Radically Reduce Risk of Birth Defects

A Healthy Diet May Radically Reduce Risk of Birth Defects

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  • Women who eat a healthy diet in the year prior to pregnancy have a significantly lower risk of having a baby with birth defects
  • Mom’s healthy diet can lower her baby’s risk of cleft lip, cleft palate, and certain neural tube defects
  • Ideally, women should focus on proper nutrition, including whole fresh foods, animal-based omega-3 fats, vitamin B12, metafolate and probiotics, before pregnancy, as well as during and beyond

By Dr. Mercola

There is rarely a more nutritionally demanding time during a woman's life than pregnancy (and later breastfeeding), when your intake of nutrients from foods and supplements are needed not only to keep your body running but also to nourish and support your rapidly growing baby.

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