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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 ...

December 2013

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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 car...

March 2012

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Alcohol and Women


What is at-risk drinking? For women, at-risk drinking means drinking more than seven drinks in 1 week. At-risk 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 1.5 oz mixed drink, or o...

August 2011

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