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Health Tip: Focus on Preconception Health

Health Tip: Focus on Preconception Health


(HealthDay News) -- Taking steps to better your health before you or your partner becomes pregnant can help ensure a healthier pregnancy.

The website offers this preconception advice:

  • Take a daily supplement that contains at least 400 micrograms to 800 micrograms of folic acid.
  • Quit drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Make sure any chronic health condition, such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy or obesity, is well-controlled.
  • Get any necessary vaccinations.
  • Discuss any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you're taking with your doctor.
  • Stay away from toxic substances.
  • Avoid animal feces that could lead to infection.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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