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Get healthy before pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Planning to become pregnant? Now is the time to get your body in shape and ready for baby.

Here is some pre-conception advice:

  • Take a folic acid supplement every day to help lower the risk of having a baby with birth defects.
  • Avoid alcohol, and quit smoking.
  • Maintain good control of any chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, asthma or epilepsy.
  • Get all recommended vaccinations.
  • Check with your doctor about the safety of your medications, vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals or substances.

Attribution: -- Diana Kohnle

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First published: 03/26/2014
Last updated: 03/26/2014