Taking care of yourself and doing what’s best for you is also best for your baby!
1. Be sure to take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
Folic acid is important because it can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
2. Book a visit with your healthcare provider before stopping or starting any medicine.
Many women need to take medicine to stay healthy during pregnancy. If you are planning to become pregnant, discuss your current medicines with a healthcare provider, such as your doctor or pharmacist.
3. Become up-to-date with all vaccines, including the flu shot.
Vaccines help protect you and your developing baby against serious diseases.
4. Before you get pregnant, try to reach a healthy weight.
Obesity increases the risk for several serious birth defects and other pregnancy complications. If you are underweight, overweight, or have obesity, talk with your healthcare provider about ways to reach and maintain a healthy weight before you get pregnant. Focus on a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
5. Boost your health by avoiding harmful substances during pregnancy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
There is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant. Quitting smoking will help you feel better and provide a healthier environment for your baby. A healthcare provider can help you with counseling, treatment, and other support services.