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Prenatal Care: NWHIC (Excerpt)

In addition to eating right, exercising and getting plenty of rest, there are five things you can do before getting pregnant to have a healthy pregnancy and to reduce your risk of having a baby with a birth defect.

1. Start taking 0.4 mg (400 mcg.) of folic acid every day now, because it takes some time for your body to build up proper stores of this important B-vitamin. It is important to take it before conception and early in pregnancy, since these defects occur in the first month of pregnancy before most women realize they're pregnant.

2. See your health care provider for a check-up, and make sure you've had all your immunizations, especially for rubella (German measles). If you're taking a prescribed medication, be sure your health care provider and pharmacist know that you're planning to become pregnant.

3. If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, STOP! These substances can threaten the health of your baby, and your own health too.

4. Stay away from toxic chemicals at home and at work--including insecticides, solvents (like some cleaners or paint thinners), lead, and mercury. Read the labels before using chemicals, and don't be afraid to ask your health care provider if you have questions!

5. If you have a cat, don't handle the cat litter--it can carry "toxoplasmosis" which can cause birth defects. If possible, take a break from this chore while you're pregnant! Also, wear gloves while gardening in areas cats may visit and while handling uncooked meats. (Source: excerpt from Prenatal Care: NWHIC)

Prenatal Care: NWHIC (Excerpt)

If you are having sex and you are capable of becoming pregnant, you should be taking 0.4 mg. of folic acid each day in case you become pregnant--even if you're not planning to become pregnant for a long time. This vitamin can prevent certain common birth defects like spina bifida, an opening in the spinal column, and anencephaly, lack of brain development. Any birth control method can fail. By the time you realize you're pregnant, it may be too late for folic acid to help prevent these birth defects since they occur in the first 28 days of pregnancy. (Source: excerpt from Prenatal Care: NWHIC)

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