Promoting a Healthy Pregnancy

There are steps a woman can take to reduce the risk of certain problems during pregnancy:

  • Folic Acid - The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that women of childbearing age get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid everyday, through food and/or supplements. Many health care providers recommend supplementing the diet with folic acid for three months before getting pregnant and at least the first three months of pregnancy. Pre-natal vitamins help with this.
  • Proper immunizations for the mother - Women who are thinking about getting pregnant should make sure they have been properly vaccinated for certain diseases that could harm a developing fetus (such as chicken pox or rubella). It is important to get these vaccinations before becoming pregnant because they can harm a developing fetus.
  • Healthy Behaviors – Having a healthy weight and diet and getting regular physical activity can help both the mother and fetus during pregnancy. Avoiding smoking, alcohol or drug use is also important. In additional certain medications and exposures in the environment can be harmful to the fetus and it is important to avoid them during pregnancy.

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