Cleft lip and/or palate are the most common birth defects of the mouth. Cleft lip occurs when the two structures or processes that make up the lip do not fuse completely before birth.
According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 7 in 1000 children are born with a cleft lip and palate deformity. This means that there are millions who need help but can’t access or afford it. While it’s still unclear what causes children to develop deformities, some believe it’s caused due to poor Vitamin B and folic acid levels in the mother. These deformities, experts believe could be wiped out if mothers take these vitamins before conception but that seems unlikely where nutrition for women isn’t really a priority.
Here are first trimester dos and don’ts for you to follow!