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Your Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

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Managing Diseases in Pre-Pregnancy

If you have an existing medical condition, such as epilepsy, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes or a thyroud disorder, it's especially important to seek out medical care before getting pregnant. Not only is it crucial to keep these illnesses under control during your pregnancy for both your and your baby's sake, but some common medications used to treat these conditions -- such as certain high blood pressure and anti-seizuredrugs -- can have an adverse affect on your pregnancy. If this is true of a medication that you're currently using, your doctor may be able to suggest a substitute. Prior to conception, you and your doctor will need to discuss all medications you are taking, including any over the counter medications.

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