Harnett County,
North Carolina

Health Department

Steps Women Can Take for Healthier Babies

Here are some steps a woman can take to get ready for a healthy pregnancy:

∑ Take a vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) folic acid every day.

∑ Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and street drugs.

∑ Keep hands clean by washing them often with soap and water to prevent infections.

∑ See a health care professional regularly. Talk with the healthcare professional about any medical problems (such as obesity, diabetes, seizures, etc.) and medicine use (both prescription and over-the-counter).

∑ Ask about avoiding any substances at work or at home that might be harmful to a developing baby.

∑ Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

∑ Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods made from it.

∑ Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat.

While pregnant:

∑ Keep up these healthy habits.

∑ Get early prenatal care and go to every appointment.

Want to know more?

Ask your healthcare professional or contact the Harnett County Department of Public Health 910-893-7550 on how to plan for a healthy baby.

For more information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HealthyPregnancy/

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