The little heart that could
February 2, 2012
Being a healthy baby means having a healthy heart. Heart defects occur when there is a structure problem with the heart and can lead to functioning problems. It happens during pregnancy and certain women are at a higher risk.
Dr. Stuart Shapira is at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Specifically, women who are obese; women who smoke; or women who have diabetes that is not well controlled during their pregnancy.” (9 seconds)
Women who are planning a pregnancy can improve their chances of having a healthy baby, too.
"Women should talk to their health care provider about all medications that they are taking, including prescription, over the counter or non-prescription, and herbal medications. And women should talk to their health care providers about vaccines." (14 seconds)