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What can I do before I am pregnant to have a healthy pregnancy?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

I believe that all women who are considering pregnancy should have pre conception counseling with an OB/GYN doctor.  At this appointment you will have a well-woman exam and your doctor will obtain a history from you.  You will be started on prenatal vitamins and will be given relevant expectations on when you can expect to become pregnant as well as expectations of fertility rates.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Remember that 50 percent of pregnancies are not planned, so it is important to take a healthy approach to pre-pregnancy planning. So if you're a woman of childbearing age and not using birth control, you should follow these steps to better your chances of a healthy pregnancy.
  1. Stop smoking
  2. Stop drinking alcohol
  3. Stop using recreational drugs
  4. Avoid second-hand smoke
  5. Begin to floss every day if you do not already
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