Preconception health is a woman's health before becoming pregnant. It is very important for a woman to be as healthy as possible before conception. This helps lower the chance of prematurity, low birth weight and birth defects in a baby.
Healthy life choices every woman can make include:
→ Take 400 micrograms (400 mcg or 0.4 mg) of folic acid daily.
Plan pregnancy to give you, your baby and your family the best future
→ Wait at least 18 months after delivery before starting another pregnancy.
More tips for a healthy you and baby
→ Avoid exposure to used cat litter, pet mice, rats, hamsters and
guinea pigs, all may spread infection.
→ Know you and your partner's medical and family history. Share this
→ Protect yourself against domestic violence by finding a safe place to live, asking for help and
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable. If a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant,
her child cannot have a FASD.
When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, so does her unborn baby. There is NO safe time or amount of
alcohol to drink while pregnant. Alcohol affects brain development and can cause birth defects, low birth weight,
prematurity, social, behavior and learning problems. Some physical characteristics of FASDs include: abnormal facial
features, small head size, shorter than average height and problems with heart, kidney or bones.
Women who are thinking of becoming pregnant should stop drinking alcohol. Since almost half of all pregnancies
are unplanned, any woman capable of becoming pregnant should talk to her doctor about how to avoid exposing
her baby to alcohol. If a pregnant woman has already used alcohol during pregnancy, she should stop right away.
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