Healthy Moms

Pregnancy Planning

Thinking about pregnancy?  Whether you are concerned about becoming pregnant or planning for a pregnancy there are steps you should take to protect your health and the health of your child.

Preventing Pregnancy

For women concerned with preventing pregnancy there are steps you can take

  1. Abstain from sexual activity.  This is the only 100% solution to prevent pregnancy and infections.
  2. Get tested for sexually transmitted infections.  The Gloucester County Department of Health offers free screening and counseling.  Click here for more information.
  3. Talk with your parents and healthcare providers about contraception.
  4. Low cost screening, pregnancy testing and reproductive health services are available through Famcare Inc. in Glassboro 

Planning Pregnancy

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a few tips for women who are planning on a healthy pregnancy (CDC, )

5 Steps to Get Ready for a Healthy Pregnancy

  1. Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day for at least 1 month before getting pregnant to help prevent birth defects.
  2. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
  3. If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions include asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity, or epilepsy. Also be sure that your vaccinations are up to date.
  4. Talk to a health care professional about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are taking. These include dietary or herbal supplements.
  5. Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials that could cause infection at work and at home. Stay away from chemicals and cat or rodent feces.

Pregnancy & Childbirth

A healthy pregnancy and delivery is achievable.  Take advantage of resources available to you.  The CDC has a list of online resources for pregnant women at

In Gloucester County, resources are available for pregnant women and their families.