The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a few tips for women who are planning on a healthy pregnancy.
5 Steps to Get Ready for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day for at least 1 month before getting pregnant to help prevent birth defects.
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
- If you have a medical condition, be sure it is under control. Some conditions include:
- Oral Health
- Also, be sure that your vaccinations are up to date
- Talk to a health care professional about any over-the-counter and prescription medicines you are taking. These include dietary or herbal supplements.
- 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.
Healthcare for Families
A healthy pregnancy and delivery is achievable. Take advantage of resources available to you. The NJ Parent Link has a list of online resources for families.
In Gloucester County, resources are available for pregnant women and their families such as:
- The Gloucester County Department of Health administers the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For eligibility requirements and more information click here.
- WIC Breastfeeding Support
- Two Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers, or primary care clinics, are located in Gloucester County. Both agencies offer low cost care for pregnant women:
Complete Care Health Network
715 Delsea Drive
1315 N Delaware Street
Paulsboro, NJ 08066
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