The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a few tips for women who are planning on a healthy pregnancy (Click here for link to CDC website)
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 asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity, or epilepsy. 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.
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 https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/index.html
In Gloucester County, resources are available for pregnant women and their families.
- The Gloucester County Department of Health administers the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program. For eligibility requirements and more information click here.
- WIC Breastfeeding Support
- Two (2) 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 Dr., Glassboro, NJ 08028 Phone 856-863-5720 www.completecarenj.org
- CAMCare Health Corporation, 1315 N. Delaware St. Paulsboro, NJ 08066 Phone 856-583- 2400 www.camcare.net
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