Health Tip: Talk to Your Doctor Before You Are Pregnant

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(HealthDay News) -- The foods you eat, your health habits and the medicines you take could ultimately harm your unborn baby -- even before you become pregnant.

So, experts recommend discussing your health with a doctor before you try to conceive.

The Womenshealth.gov website mentions these discussion points:

  • Your birth control options and family planning.
  • Taking folic acid supplements.
  • Any needed screenings or vaccines, as well as managing any chronic health conditions.
  • Options to improve your general health, including losing weight, becoming more active or quitting smoking.
  • Suggestions for staying healthy, avoiding illness and reducing your exposure to potential hazards.
  • Your family history and any problems during previous pregnancies.

-- Diana Kohnle

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