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Maximize Good Health Before Pregnancy (Monitor Maternal Health Conditions)

womanAchieving and staying in good health is beneficial throughout every life stage.  The Ohio Department of Health urges all women to take good care of their health, whether they plan to have a baby one day or not.  Nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned.  Being healthy before pregnancy helps women have healthier babies.

If you are a woman of childbearing age, take preventive care measures, which include:

  • Maintaining your physical and dental health
  • Setting up a preconception health care visit with your health care provider
  • Assuring your immunizations are up-to-date (chickenpox, MMR, flu)
  • Preventing  Infections (CMV, toxoplasmosis, STDs)

If you currently have any medical conditions, be sure they are in control and being treated. Some of these conditions include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Recurrent infections
  • Lupus
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart conditions
  • Clotting disorders
  • PKU
  • Other health problems

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Last Updated:   7/22/14