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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