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"Do not self-prescribe even things that you used to take yourself; go to the physician and ask before you take any medication even an over-the-counter one," says Koren, also a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Also, take folic acid before and during at least the first weeks of pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects. "This is a time that many women do not even know yet that they have conceived," he adds. Folic acid is added to many foods in the U.S. and Canada, but women who don't eat bread or enough vegetables (which also contain folic acid, a B-vitamin) may not be getting enough and should start supplementing as soon as they begin to try to conceive, he advises.

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