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Healthy habits

If you're planning on having a baby, you can begin preparing your body for pregnancy now.

Eating well, exercising, reaching a healthy weight, taking a multivitamin with 0.4 milligrams (400 micrograms) of folic acid, and not smoking are some of the ways you can get your body ready for nurturing a baby.

Doctor with pregnant womanMaking these, and other, lifestyle changes before you get pregnant can give your baby the best possible chance of being born healthy.

Be sure to use birth control until you are ready to start trying to get pregnant.

See more tips about preparing for pregnancy and how to stay healthy during pregnancy in our pregnancy center.

Reviewed by: Craig Robbins, MD, December 2015
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

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