Friday, 16 December 2005 00:00

Health Tip: Preparing For Your Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Women can take many precautions to promote a health pregnancy before they become pregnant.

Here's a list of pre-pregnancy planning tips, courtesy of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation:

  • Stop smoking to reduce the risk of a low birth weight baby, a miscarriage or a stillbirth.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Talk to your doctor about how prescription medications may affect your pregnancy. Some of these medications include the birth control pill, Accutane, and seizure and cancer medications.
  • Take a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.
  • Maintain good health by eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.