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Preconception Care

 

Preconception care
The medical care a woman or man receives from the doctor or other health professionals that focuses on the parts of health that have been shown to increase the chance of having a healthy baby.
                                                                                                                                          
Women
Preconception health is important for every woman―not just those planning pregnancy. It means taking control and choosing healthy habits. It means living well, being healthy, and feeling good about your life. Preconception health is about making a plan for the future and taking the steps to get there!
 
Following are some healthy habits for women:
·         Make a plan and take action
·         See your Doctor
·         Take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day
·         Stop smoking, using street drugs, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
·         Avoid toxic substances
·         Reach and maintain a healthy weight
·         Get help for violence
·         Learn your family history
·         Get mentally healthy
·         When you’re ready plan your pregnancy
 
Men
Preconception health is important for men, too. It means choosing to get and stay as healthy as possible―and helping others to do the same as well. As a partner, it means encouraging and supporting the health of your partner. As a father, it means protecting your children. Preconception health is about providing yourself and your loved ones with a bright and healthy future.
 
Things men can do for their own health, as well as for the women and children in their lives.
·         Make a plan and take action
·         Prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases
·         Prevent infertility
·         Support your partner
·         Stop smoking, using street drugs, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
·         Avoid toxic substances
·         Reach and maintain a healthy weight
·         Get help for violence
·         Learn your family history
·         Get mentally healthy
 
Babies
Preconception health is a precious gift to babies. For babies, preconception health means their parents took steps to get healthy before pregnancy. Such babies are less likely to be born early (preterm) or have a low birth weight. They are more likely to be born without birth defects or other disabling conditions. Preconception health gives babies the best gift of all―the best chance for a healthy start in life.
 
Reproductive Life Plan
Thinking about your goals for having or not having children and how to achieve those goals is called a reproductive life plan. There are many kinds of reproductive life plans. Your plan will depend on your personal goals and dreams.
 
For more information on how to make your own reproductive life plan find a Family Planning Clinic near you: http://www.ndhealth.gov/familyplanning/?id=49
 
 
 

 

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