Your health before pregnancy

If you plan to become pregnant someday, your health before and between pregnancies is important for your baby's health too.

Plan your pregnancy

Healthy diet

Healthy lifestyle choices

  • Don't smoke.

  • Don’t drink alcohol if you might become pregnant or if you’re trying to become pregnant.

  • Any amount of alcohol can harm an unborn child.

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is 100 percent preventable if a woman doesn’t drink alcohol while pregnant.

  • Don't use drugs. Call 1-800-CHILDREN for help quitting.

  • Use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


Your mental health

Talk to your doctor

  • If you are trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it is not too early to start getting ready for pregnancy. Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. Schedule a wellness checkup with your doctor. Find tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Get tested for sexually transmitted infections, including a test for HIV/AIDS.

  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

  • Some medications can cause birth defects. If you take prescription medications, find out if you need to change or reduce medications before getting pregnant, or discuss birth control methods that are safest for you.

  • If you have a chronic illness, such as diabetes or asthma, ask about how your illness might affect a pregnancy, or discuss effective birth control methods that are safest for you.

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