World Birth Defects Day: 5 Ways To Prevent Birth Defects

Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may be physically or mentally disabled. Every year, about 8 million babies worldwide are born with a serious birth defect, and about 3 million of them will die before their fifth birthday. Common examples of birth defects …

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5 Reasons To Avoid Self-medication in Pregnancy

In the early 1960s, the world was hit by the tragedy of the thalidomide crisis. Thalidomide which was sold as an over-the-counter medicine to treat morning sickness in pregnant women resulted in a birth defect known as phocomelia — babies with phocomelia were born with shortened limbs or no limbs at all. Over 10,000 babies …

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