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(PIC)turing Pregnancy - Genetic History

If you are ready to become pregnant your health is very important to ensuring the best possible start for your baby!  Being healthy before pregnancy helps women have healthier babies. Important growth of the baby happens very early in pregnancy – often before most women know they are pregnant. That is why it is very important, if you are planning to become pregnant, that you are in the best health possible and are abstaining (not taking) any harmful substances that could impact a growing fetus. Here are some key steps to follow:

  1. If you drink alcohol – STOP. No amount of alcohol is safe for the unborn baby.

  2. Take a multivitamin with folic acid every day (pill or chewable).

  3. Have someone else clean your pet’s cages and litter boxes.

  4. Don’t smoke or take illegal drugs.

  5. Avoid secondhand smoke and other toxic or harmful substances.

  6. Eat a variety of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and make sure meat, eggs, poultry and fish are fully cooked.

  7. Limit canned tuna and fish caught locally.

  8. As soon as you think you might be pregnant, get prenatal care right away and keep every appointment.

  9. Take your prenatal vitamin every day.

  10. Talk with your doctor about your (and your baby’s father’s) family health history and discuss any birth defects or genetic disorders that have affected family members.

  11. Talk with your doctor about over the counter/prescription medications and supplements you take, what level of exercise is safe for you and your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Page Reviewed: 4/19/2018