How to Sort Through All the News on Pregnancy
"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.