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Can gastrointestinal tract birth defects be prevented?

Because the causes of gastrointestinal tract birth defects are not entirely understood, it is not possible to completely prevent them. Having a healthy pregnancy could reduce the risk of your baby being born with birth defects, so make healthy decisions during your pregnancy. These include going into your pregnancy healthy, eating and sleeping well, and following your doctor's recommendations. Don't smoke, do drugs, or drink alcohol and make sure your doctor is aware of all medications you are taking.

While most gastrointestinal tract birth defects are not sourced to a preventable cause, avoidance of teratogenic substances (those that interfere with fetal development, including alcohol and tobacco products) is the primary preventative measure for mitigating birth defects. 

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