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Prior to Pregnancy

Top 10 Ways to be Healthy Prior to Pregnancy:

  1. Take folic acid (http://www.marchofdimes.com/)
  2. Get a check-up before pregnancy
  3. Eat right and maintain a healthy weight (www.choosemyplate.gov)
  4. Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke (www.ucanquit2.org)
  5. Stop drinking alcohol (www.mofas.org)
  6. Don't use illegal drugs (www.marchofdimes.com)
  7. Avoid infections (www.cdc.gov)
  8. Limit exposure to hazards (www.health.state.mn.us)
  9. Learn about genetics (www.nsgc.org)
  10. Avoid stress and get fit

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