Health Tip: Preparing to Become Pregnant
(HealthDay News) -- If you're planning to become pregnant, use this time to prepare for the challenges ahead.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these recommendations:
Set goals and create a plan of action, and visit with your doctor about preconception healthcare.
Take a daily folic acid supplement.
Give up all recreational drugs, smoking and alcohol.
Avoid exposure to toxic or harmful substances.
Lose any extra weight.
Learn more about your family's medical history.
If you are in a violent relationship, seek help.
Seek treatment for any mental health issues.
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