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Healthier Pregnancy Leads to Healthier Babies

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  • Written By: Louis Paul du Treil, M.D.

Did you know that every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States? That’s an average of one out of every 33 babies born.  One in five infant deaths is due to birth defects, making birth defects a leading cause of infant mortality. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby. Encourage all pregnant women and those who may become pregnant to:

Plan ahead:

  • Get as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
  • Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Avoid harmful substances:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.

Choose a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean proteins.
  • Be physically active.
  • Work to get medical conditions like diabetes under control.

Talk to your doctor:

  • Get a medical checkup.
  • Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Talk about family history.

Learn more about prevention, detection, treatment and living with birth defects at and

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: Prenatal Nutrition & Wellness Class

Expecting mothers and partners are invited to Join Touro for our new Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby prenatal nutrition and wellness class to learn healthy lifestyle tips during pregnancy.

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Louis Paul du Treil, M.D. is Director of Maternal and Child Health at Touro Infirmary and a practicing OB/GYN with Crescent City Physicians, Inc. He earned his B.S. from Loyola University and attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Dr. du Treil completed his OB/GYN internship and residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.