A healthy baby is the result of a healthy pregnancy. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle before, during and after pregnancy is important for you and your baby’s health. It is important to know what you can do before, during and after pregnancy to help you and your baby stay healthy.
Steps to get healthy include seeing your health care provider; making sure your medical conditions are controlled; and making sure immunizations (shots) are up to date. Knowing your family history and sharing this information with your provider is important. It is also important to look at lifestyles and behaviors – get help to stop smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs – and address safety issues and violence. It is also very important to get to and maintain a healthy weight!
Father involvement beginning at conception and throughout the entire life of the child is vital to raising healthy families and preserving strong communities. To learn more about what you can do as a father to reduce infant mortality visit the links below.
- It is important to always take care of your health by getting a preconception and postpartum checkup. These are medical checkups you get before pregnancy (preconception) and after you deliver your baby (postpartum) to make sure you and the baby are healthy. It is also very important to get regular prenatal care (before birth and during pregnancy) and well child exams (after birth) by visiting a doctor that makes sure mother and baby are doing well and answers any questions. Well child exams (after birth) also help by answering questions about breastfeeding or other concerns.
- Regular dental checkups before, during and after pregnancy helps to keep both mom and baby healthy. Getting treatment for gum disease and maintaining good oral health before pregnancy helps prevent health problems.
- Learn more about how women can stay healthy at any age.
- To learn more about preconception/ interconception health, visit http://www.cdc.gov/preconception/index.html.
- FAMILY HISTORY is important to understand because certain genetic conditions may cause problems with pregnancy or birth defects. It is important to know your family history and to share this information with your health care provider. Based on your family history, your provider might refer you for genetic counseling services.
- Immunizations (shots) before and during pregnancy are important to maintaining good health, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/pregnant.html.
- MENTAL HEALTH – how we feel about life, cope, and value ourselves - is essential to overall good health.
- FOLIC ACID, a B vitamin, is important before and during pregnancy. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine. Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day. To learn more about folic acid, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/index.html.
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