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Plan Your Pregnancy
Whether it is your first baby or fifth baby, a healthy baby begins with a healthy woman.  If you are of child bearing age:
  • Take a multiple vitamin with folic acid daily
  • If you have a medical condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or seizures make sure it is well-controlled and your medications are appropriate for pregnancy
  • Brush your teeth twice daily and floss daily (any infection even a cavity can cause premature labor)
  • Achieve your healthy weight
  • Eat healthy, 5 servings of fruits & vegetables a day
  • Make sure your immunizations are up to date
  • Don't smoke
  • Don't drink alcohol or use street drugs
  • Consult a physician regarding using over the counter drugs, herbs, and nutritional supplements.  Make sure they are safe during pregnancy.
  • Avoid second hand smoke
  • Exercise
  • Avoid exposure to radiation, x-rays, lead, or other possible toxins
  • Manage your stress level, seek support for issues that cause you stress


For a Healthy Pregnancy:
  • See a doctor early & regularly for prenatal care  
  • Eat right
    See a dentist for a complete dental exam
    • Dental problems, like gum disease, may cause your baby to be born prematurely
  • Don't smoke, use illegal drugs or drink alcohol
  • Avoid second-hand smoke
  • Ask your doctor before using over-the-counter drugs (cough syrups, Tylenol, etc.)
Contact our Nurse-On-Call hotline at 1-800-848-5533 for information on health and social services to help you have a healthy baby.

More Information:

Baby Basics (Informacion Basica sobre Bebes) (Arabic)