help prevent birth defects
Avoid harmful substances
Alcohol in a woman's bloodstream passes to the developing baby though the umbilical cord. there is no safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. this can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and lifelong physical health problems.
Avoid smoking cigarets
keep diabetes under control
poor control of diabetes during pregnancy increases the chances of birth defects and other problems of the pregnancy. it can also cause serious complications for the woman.Proper healthcare before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects and other poor outcomes.
Talk with your healthcare provider
Talk to a healthcare provider about vaccinations
Most vaccinations are safe during pregnancy and some vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine and the Tdap vaccine are specifically recommended during pregnancy. having the right vaccinations at the right time can help keep a woman and her baby healthy.