A baby’s health is linked to its parent’s health before, during and after pregnancy. Healthy parents are more likely to have healthy babies who grow into healthy children.
Babies begin to develop even before a person is aware of pregnancy. This means that the time to prepare for your baby’s health is before you even get pregnant. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, talk with your health-care provider.
There are things that any expecting parent can do to improve the health of your future child. Healthy eating and exercise before and throughout pregnancy can reduce health risks to you and your baby. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and unnecessary exposure to chemicals, and ensure your immunizations are up-to-date.
See your health-care provider to discuss:
- Medical conditions and family history
- Medications and immunizations
- Taking folic acid every day
- Healthy eating and exercise during pregnancy
- Any problems with tobacco, alcohol or other drugs
Pregnant people are also more vulnerable to infections, especially influenza and food-borne illnesses. To reduce your risks of these infections:
If you are expecting, there are many resources available to guide you through your pregnancy: