Planning for Pregnancy

planning for pregnancyStart early! A healthy baby begins before pregnancy. If you are planning to become pregnant in the next year, you can do things now like take folic acid, to help you have a healthy pregnancy.

Some Things to Consider:

Take Folic Acid - Take a multi vitamin with folic acid at least three months before getting pregnant. Folic acid helps prevent certain birth defects. To learn more visit the March of Dimes.

Avoid Smoking, Drinking Alcohol and Using Drugs - Tobacco, alcohol and drugs can have a negative effect on you and your baby. If you need help quitting, seek help. Learn more.

Avoid Harmful Materials - Chemicals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and toxic chemicals found in plastics can be unhealthy for you and your unborn baby. To learn more visit the Toxic-Free Future website. 

Get Immunized - Make sure your immunizations including flu, are up-to-date. Learn more about immunizations.

Prevent Infections - Avoid sources of toxoplasmosis. Cat feces and raw or undercooked meat are the most common sources of this infection. To learn more visit the March of Dimes website.

Talk to Your Medical Provider About:

Over the Counter and Prescription Medications - Some medications may be harmful for your baby. Learn more about medications on the CDC website.

Your Current Medical Conditions - Be sure your medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, oral health conditions or epilepsy are under control. These conditions might affect your baby.

Are You Ready for A Baby?

Think about the emotional and lifestyle issues you will face as a parent. Ten questions to find out if you are ready on the March of Dimes website.

Learn more about preparing for your pregnancy

Learn about pregnancy health insurance options and low cost pregnancy and baby supplies by calling the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. Learn more about what you can do to get ready for pregnancy on the CDC website.