You Get Pregnant
IS THE KEY
best start for your future baby begins right now, before
you are pregnant. There are many things you and your
partner can do to give your baby the best possible start.
of your baby's important organs form very early. Birth
defects may happen before a woman has missed a period and
knows she is pregnant.
can lower the risk of birth defects and pregnancy problems
by making good health choices before and during your pregnancy.
WHEN YOU GET PREGNANT IS IMPORTANT
your future is important. It lets you decide if you want
a child, when that will happen, and helps you have a healthy
baby. If you are having sex, it's important to use
a method of birth control until you are ready to have a
baby. Before you stop birth control, and at least
three months before you want to become pregnant, get a physical
examination and counseling. Ask about taking vitamins
and folic acid to prevent certain birth defects.
forget about birth control after you have your baby.
For your own health and the health of your baby, it is best
to space your pregnancies about two years apart.
under 18 and over 34 who have babies are more likely to
have problems with pregnancy or have babies which are born
too small or too soon to be healthy.
you get pregnant, talk to your doctor about:
problems need to be treated before pregnancy. This
includes such conditions as diabetes, epilepsy, high blood
pressure, heart or kidney disease, infections, hepatitis,
PKU, or anemia.
sure your immunizations are up to date. They can prevent
some disease like measles (rubella) which cause birth defects.
anyone in your family have an inherited disease, birth defect
or mental retardation? Some diseases and birth problems
can run in families.
or your partner may have a sexually transmitted infection
(STI) that you don't know about. All STIs, such as
herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV/AIDS, can
cause serious problems.
can cause money problems and interfere with school and work.
During pregnancy domestic abuse may actually increase.
Get help if you have violence or abuse in your life, high
levels of stress or not enough support.
CAN AFFECT YOUR PREGNANCY
important for you to eat healthy foods and regular meals.
Dieting during pregnancy may be harmful. Talk to your
health care provider about what your weight should be.
exercise will help you feel better and get your body ready
you smoke tobacco or marijuana, stop before you become pregnant.
Avoid breathing second hand smoke by encouraging others
in your household to quit smoking.
Drugs and Alcohol
with your health care provider about any drugs you are taking
including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbs,
illegal drugs, and alcohol--hard liquor, wine, beer and
coolers. Some drugs, including alcohol, can be harmful
to an unborn baby.
metals, paints, and chemicals used in hobbies, at work or
around the home can cause pregnancy problems and may harm
your baby. Other hazards include eating raw meat,
handling used cat litter or being around animals or people
with certain diseases. If you have questions about
materials or illnesses you may be around during your pregnancy,
talk with your health care provider or call the Pregnancy
RiskLine (see below).
YOU GET PREGNANT.......
are many things you need to think about. What will
you need to know and do to plan for your pregnancy and parenthood?
You may find helpful information from:
YOU'VE DONE THE PLANNING .........
Pregnant An average woman can become pregnant
during a short period of time about two weeks before her
next period. However some women can get pregnant
at very different times in their monthly cycles.
Talk to your health care provider about when you are most
likely to get pregnant. Mark your menstrual periods
on the calendar. Get a pregnancy test if you think
you are pregnant or if you miss your period. Usual
signs of pregnancy include sore, enlarged breasts, urinating
more often, nausea, and tiredness.
Care It is important to get care as early
as possible and then regularly throughout your pregnancy.
More Information Call:
Health Program - (801) 538-9970;
Baby Your Baby Hotline - 1-800-826-9662;
Pregnancy RiskLine - SLC call 328-BABY (328-2229) or
WIC Nutrition Program - 1-800-662-3638 (TDD Accessible);
contact your local health department list in your phone