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Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care


What is a preconception care checkup The goal of this checkup is to find things that could affect your pregnancy Identifying these factors before pregnancy allows you to take steps that can increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby During this visit your health care pro...

March 2015

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Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Pregnancy


Why is smoking dangerous during pregnancy If you smoke during pregnancy your baby is exposed to harmful chemicals such as tar nicotine and carbon monoxide Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict so less oxygen and nutrients reach the fetus Carbon monoxide decreases the amount of oxygen the baby...

December 2013

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Alcohol and Women


What is atrisk drinking For women atrisk drinking means drinking more than seven drinks in 1 week Atrisk drinking also includes binge drinking which for women means drinking more than three drinks on one occasion One drink is defined as one 12 oz can of beer one 15 oz mixed drink or one 5 oz glass...

August 2011

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