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How can you prevent pregnancy complications?

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Even if you don't have an existing health problem, many doctors recommend a preconception appointment with your health-care provider to ensure you are as healthy as you can be before you become pregnant. At this appointment your doctor may recommend steps you can take to reduce the risk of certain problems.

  • Getting at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily beginning before and continuing through pregnancy
  • Getting proper immunizations
  • Eating a healthy diet and maintaining proper weight
  • Getting regular physical activity, unless advised otherwise by your doctor
  • Avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs (except for medications approved by your doctor)
  • See your doctor regularly

From: Managing a High-Risk Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

The University of Pennsylvania Penn Medicine: "Maternal Fetal Medicine (High-risk Pregnancy)."

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

Drexel University College of Medicine: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Later Age Pregnancy."

Cedars-Sinai Health System: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 02, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

The University of Pennsylvania Penn Medicine: "Maternal Fetal Medicine (High-risk Pregnancy)."

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

Drexel University College of Medicine: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Later Age Pregnancy."

Cedars-Sinai Health System: "High-Risk Pregnancy."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 02, 2018

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