Family planning begins before the family
When it comes to family planning, prenatal care can easily be overlooked. But prenatal care is one of the most important factors in having a healthy pregnancy, for both women and their babies. Proper prenatal care means that problems can be identified early and appropriate treatment given as soon as possible.
Whether you are planning a pregnancy or are already pregnant, there are ways to take care of yourself and future family members:
- Eat a healthy diet, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Regular exercise; about thirty minutes a day is recommended. Regular exercise can aid recovery after childbirth.
- Take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day to help prevent certain birth defects. • See your health care provider as soon as possible after becoming pregnant so they can set up a schedule for your prenatal care.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Many of these substances can affect the development of the fetus and can even lead to premature birth.
- Talk to your health care provider about vaccines you might get during pregnancy. Following these steps can help you and your child get off to a good start.
The Livingston County Department of Health provides services for women at all stages of life. Whether you are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, or are already a parent, you can get more information about the Center for Sexual Health and Wellness, WIC, or Community Perinatal and Child Health Collaborative Programs by calling 585-243-7299 or visiting https://www.livingstoncounty.us/.