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

307 W Cornelius Harnett Boulevard

Lillington, 27546
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