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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (North Crossing)

2134 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 4 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (San Marnan)

1655 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA 50702

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 5 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Viking Road)

1000 Brandilynn Blvd
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 7 min

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waverly)

101 Cedar River Pkwy 101
Waverly, IA 50677

Current Estimated Wait:
0 hr 4 min

Preventing Birth Defects

Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy

While not all birth defects can be prevented, here are some things you can do before and during pregnancy:

  1. Take a vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
  2. Don't smoke or drink alcohol.
  3. Don't use marijuana or other "street drugs".
  4. Talk to your doctor about vaccinations.
  5. Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent infections.
  6. See your healthcare professional regularly.

Check out these sites for more information on preventing birth defects:

CDC - Centers for Disease Control

March of Dimes