January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month Sounds Diabetes Alert for Women
CBDMP is joining the over 350 members of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to alert women of childbearing age about the critical link between diabetes and increased risk for birth defects. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and this year’s focus is addressing diabetes among women of childbearing age.
Although diabetes has been identified as a public health concern, the general public is unaware of the complications that uncontrolled diabetes can have on both the pregnant woman and her baby.
Studies have demonstrated that the key to a healthy pregnancy for women with diabetes is keeping blood glucose in target range – both before and during pregnancy. Babies born to women with diabetes, especially women with poor diabetes control are at greater risk for birth defects.
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network is working with health care providers around the country to encourage diabetes prevention and control for the over 60 million women in the U.S. of childbearing age.
Women can take steps in their everyday lives to maintain good health such as having regular health care check ups and learning about family history and genetic risks.
To learn more, please follow the resource link below.