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Health Tip: Preparing to Become Pregnant

Health Tip: Preparing to Become Pregnant

02/28/14

(HealthDay News) -- If you're planning to become pregnant, use this time to prepare for the challenges ahead.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these recommendations:

  • Set goals and create a plan of action, and visit with your doctor about preconception healthcare.
  • Take a daily folic acid supplement.
  • Give up all recreational drugs, smoking and alcohol.
  • Avoid exposure to toxic or harmful substances.
  • Lose any extra weight.
  • Learn more about your family's medical history.
  • If you are in a violent relationship, seek help.
  • Seek treatment for any mental health issues.
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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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