Pre Conceptional Care

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What is preconceptional care and why is it important?

Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular preconceptional care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. This care can begin even before pregnancy with a preconception care visit to a health care provider.

Preconception Care

A preconception care visit can help women take steps for a safe and healthy pregnancy before they get pregnant.

Women can help to promote a healthy pregnancy and birth of a healthy infant by taking the following steps before they become pregnant

    • Develop a plan for their reproductive life.
    • Increase their daily intake of folic acid (one of the B vitamins) to at least 400 micrograms.
    • Make sure their immunizations are up to date.
    • Control diabetes and other medical conditions.
    • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs.
    • Attain a healthy weight.
    • Learn about their family health history and that of their partner.
    • Seek help for depression or anxiety.