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Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor Before You Are Pregnant

Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor Before You Are Pregnant

04/11/12

(HealthDay News) -- The foods you eat, your health habits and the medicines you take could ultimately harm your unborn baby -- even before you become pregnant.

So, experts recommend discussing your health with a doctor before you try to conceive.

The Womenshealth.gov website mentions these discussion points:

  • Your birth control options and family planning.
  • Taking folic acid supplements.
  • Any needed screenings or vaccines, as well as managing any chronic health conditions.
  • Options to improve your general health, including losing weight, becoming more active or quitting smoking.
  • Suggestions for staying healthy, avoiding illness and reducing your exposure to potential hazards.
  • Your family history and any problems during previous pregnancies.
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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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