Have the Healthiest Pregnancy Possible

1. Keep appointments with your doctor or midwife, and talk about your risks.

2. Eat a healthy diet and don’t drink alcohol.

3. Stay in the weight range your doctor or midwife suggests.

4. Take prenatal vitamins to make sure you get enough folic acid, iron, and other key nutrients.

5. Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke. If you haven't been able to quit smoking, talk with your doctor or midwife about getting help. The sooner you stop, the healthier it is for you and your baby. But quitting at any time during your pregnancy will have worthwhile payoffs.

6. Take only over-the-counter and prescription medicines that your doctor or midwife has OK’d for you.

7. If you drink or use drugs, talk with your doctor or midwife. You can trust them, and they know where to find help specifically for pregnant women. The sooner you ask for help, the better off you and your baby will be.

8. Work with your doctor to manage problems such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, or infection.