Healthy Pregnancy Tips

You can take steps before and during pregnancy to help ensure you give birth to a healthy baby. Many birth defects are preventable if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Before You Get Pregnant

Get in your best health with the help of Genesis before you become pregnant. Pre-pregnancy health tips include:

  • Consult with your doctor about your desire to become pregnant.
  • Consider genetic testing and counseling if you have a family history of genetic conditions or have had a difficult pregnancy in the past.
  • Take a daily multivitamin that contains folic acid (400–800 mcg)—starting at least one month before you get pregnant—to help prevent major neurological and spinal birth defects.
  • Get up to date on your vaccinations.
  • Take steps to prevent infections, and wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid toxic substances and chemicals.
  • Get medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, obesity or epilepsy under control.
  • Do not smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid cat waste, including changing or cleaning a litterbox.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid rodent waste, including cleaning up after pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs.
  • Refrain from alcohol and drug use.

While You're Pregnant

Follow these tips to give your baby his or her healthiest start and decrease your chance of a premature delivery.

  • Visit your doctor as soon as you think you're pregnant and continue regular prenatal checkups throughout your pregnancy.
    • Check with your doctor before you stop or start any medication.
    • Discuss prenatal tests and newborn screenings.
    • Ask if anything restricts your ability to exercise.
  • Continue to take a multivitamin that contains folic acid daily, or as directed by your doctor, to help prevent birth defects.
  • Keep medical conditions, such as diabetes or epilepsy, under control.
  • Drink 8–10 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.
  • Do not smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Refrain from alcohol and drug use.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Don't clean or change a cat's litterbox, and avoid cat feces.
  • Avoid rodent feces, including cleaning up after pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs.
  • Stay active, as it can help you have an easier delivery.

Helpful Pregnancy Resources

Use these resources throughout your pregnancy to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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