Trying to Get Pregnant?

What Women Need to Know

A healthy baby actually begins before a positive pregnancy test.  Even before you become pregnant, it is important to take care of your own health to ensure a healthy pregnancy. This includes exercising regularly, eating healthy, taking a multi vitamin and folic acid, and stopping any health habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. Find answers to common questions you may have.

50% of Pregnancies are Unplanned

Nationally, nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned and many women do not know they are pregnant for 4-6 weeks after conception.  Important brain development is occurring during this time frame and drinking alcohol can have a significant impact on the developing baby.  Even as early as days 17 – 21 after conception, when many women may not even know they are pregnant, alcohol can alter the blueprint of a child’s face, as well as disrupt the development of the brain, spinal cord, and other organs forming at that time. If a woman continues to drink alcohol, she may be causing harm to her developing baby without even knowing it.

Best Advice: Stop Drinking Before Becoming Pregnant

It is important to understand the risk of drinking during pregnancy and to modify health habits like drinking alcohol before you become pregnant. If you need help to stop drinking there is support available.


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