Obese Moms More Likely to Have Babies With Birth Defects

"Try to be in the best physical and emotional condition as possible before pregnancy," she advised. "That means you should have excellent nutrition, you should be exercising and come in for pre-pregnancy counseling."

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Learn more about having a healthy pregnancy from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Judith Rankin, Ph.D., reader, maternal and perinatal epidemiology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom; Miriam Greene, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist, New York University Langone Medical Center, and co-author, Frankly Pregnant: A Candid, Week-by-Week Guide to the Unexpected Joys, Raging Hormones, and Common Experiences of Pregnancy, New York City; Feb. 11, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association

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