Health before and during pregnancy

Evidence shows that knowing how your body prepares for birth and what your growing baby needs makes a difference.

Folic acid

You are having a baby or planning a pregnancy. Learn what you need to know about folic acid.
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Healthy eating

Eating a balanced diet will help your body meet the nutritional needs of your developing baby.
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Pre-pregnancy weight

Women with healthy eating and exercise patterns before pregnancy enjoy reduced health risks for both themselves and their babies during pregnancy.
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Weight gain during pregnancy

Women who gain the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy have fewer complications.
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Exercise during pregnancy

Scientific evidence shows that women who are physically fit before pregnancy have fewer aches and pains and feel they have more energy during their pregnancies.
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Immunization

You are having a baby or planning a pregnancy. Learn what you need to know about immunization.
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Smoking, alcohol, and drugs

For your baby’s sake, it is never too late to reduce or eliminate consumption of nicotine, alcohol, or street drugs.
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Medications

Always speak with a health-care professional before taking any prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal remedy, or drug.
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Working during pregnancy

For most women with healthy pregnancies, it is safe to work until just before childbirth.
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