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Health Tip: Before You Get Pregnant

Take care of your body

(HealthDay News) - It's important to take care of yourself while you're pregnant. But you should begin caring for your body long before you confirm that you're expecting a baby.

Here are suggestions on how to prepare your body for pregnancy, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat.
  • Start a regular exercise routine. You should get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week.
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule, to make sure you get plenty of rest every night.
  • Take a daily multivitamin that includes 400 micrograms of folic acid.
  • See your doctor for a physical exam, and make sure you're up-to-date on all vaccinations. Also talk to your doctor about whether any of your current medications may not be safe during pregnancy.
  • Don't use illicit drugs, cigarettes or alcohol.
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