Thinking about getting pregnant?

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A healthy pregnancy starts with these steps, according to the CDC:

•  Take a vitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) folic acid every day. Read the label.

•  Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and street drugs.

•  Keep hands clean by washing them often with soap and water to prevent infections.

•  See a health care professional regularly. Talk about any medical problems (such as obesity, diabetes, seizures) and medicine use (both prescription and over-the-counter).

•  Ask about avoiding any substances at work or at home that might be harmful to a developing baby.

•  Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

•  Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods made from it.

•  Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat.

•  While pregnant, get early prenatal care and go to every appointment.

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