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:
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 CDC has a list of online resources for pregnant women. 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.