(HealthDay News) -- Women can take many precautions to promote a health pregnancy before they become pregnant.
Here's a list of pre-pregnancy planning tips, courtesy of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation:
- Stop smoking to reduce the risk of a low birth weight baby, a miscarriage or a stillbirth.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Talk to your doctor about how prescription medications may affect your pregnancy. Some of these medications include the birth control pill, Accutane, and seizure and cancer medications.
- Take a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.
- Maintain good health by eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.