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Health Tip: Get Healthy Before Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Planning to become pregnant? Now is the time to get your body in shape and ready for baby.

The womenshealth.gov website offers this pre-conception advice:

  • Take a folic acid supplement every day to help lower the risk of having a baby with birth defects.

  • Avoid alcohol, and quit smoking.

  • Maintain good control of any chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, asthma or epilepsy.

  • Get all recommended vaccinations.

  • Check with your doctor about the safety of your medications, vitamins and herbal supplements.

  • Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals or substances.

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