Women can take steps to promote a healthy pregnancy, even before they become pregnant.
Here’s a list of pre-pregnancy planning tips, courtesy of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation:
- Stop smoking to reduce the risk of a low-birth weight baby, a miscarriage or still birth.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Talk to your doctor about how prescription medications may affect your pregnancy. Some of these medications include birth control pills and some acne, seizure and cancer medications.
- Take a multivitamins with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.
- Maintain good health by eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.