A healthy pregnancy begins before you become pregnant. This is known as preconception health. It actually begins long before you even think about motherhood. It is important to learn what you can do now to make sure any future pregnancies are planned and healthy. All women can benefit from some basic pre-pregnancy planning. Women and men should prepare for pregnancy at least three months before getting pregnant. Some actions, such as quitting smoking, reaching a healthy weight, or adjusting medicines you are using, should start even earlier.
In addition to talking to your doctor before you get pregnant, the five most important things you can do for preconception health are:
Having a reproductive plan can help prepare you to have a baby when you are ready to. To get more information and create a preconception checklist, click here. You can also visit these websites to learn more about preconception health – Women’s Health–Preconception Health or March of Dimes