Five Key Ways to Boost Your Preconception Health

The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until all the children are in bed.
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Five Key Ways to Boost Your Preconception Health

  1. Increase your intake of folic acid. All people need folic acid, but it is is especially important for women who are planning to get pregnant. Take 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid every day to prevent major birth defects. Talk to your AOA doctor about your folic acid needs. 
  2. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking may make it more difficult to get pregnant. If you smoke while you're pregnant, your baby is at greater risk for being born prematurely.  
  3. Make sure any medical conditions you may have are under control. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy, or be affected by pregnancy include asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity and epilepsy. 
  4. Make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations. They’ll protect you against certain illnesses during pregnancy and keep your baby safe. 
  5. Avoid contact with toxic substances at work or in your home. Stay away from chemicals and cat orrodent feces.


The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:  

The Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: