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Whether your patients are thinking about pregnancy someday, planning pregnancy or are pregnant already, we have tips they can use to stay healthy at any stage. 

How can women stay healthy before pregnancy?

Take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day and eat healthy foods. Folic acid can protect babies against birth defects and may protect women against heart disease.

How can women who are trying to get pregnant stay healthy?

  • Take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day and eat healthy foods. Folic acid can protect babies against birth defects and may protect women against heart disease.
  • Go for a pre-pregnancy checkup.
  • Don't smoke, drink alcohol, or use street drugs.
  • Eat healthy foods, maintain a healthy weight and exercise.
  • Keep your environment safe.
  • Avoid infections and stress.
  • Seek prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant.

To learn more about preconception, visit Folic acid, Get ready for pregnancy and Trying to get pregnant.

How can women have a healthy pregnancy?