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January 19, 2015
No Puffing When Pregnant

Be cognizant of secondhand smoke, as it puts a woman and her unborn baby at risk for serious health problems. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes have not been proven a safe alternative. A woman who uses illegal-or "street"-drugs during pregnancy can have a baby who is born premature, has a low birth weight, or has other health problems, such as birth defects, according to NurseWise, a nurse triage and health education provider.

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January 12, 2015
Pregnant? Avoid Alcohol

There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to conceive. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wine and beer. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The best course of action is to stop all alcohol consumption when you start trying to conceive, says NurseWise, a nurse triage and health education provider.

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January 05, 2015
Best for Baby's Health

If a woman has enough folic acid in her body at least one month before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby's brain and spine (anencephaly and spina bifida). You can boost your folic acid intake by eating fortified foods, taking supplements, or a combination of the two, in addition to adopting a varied diet rich in folate, according to NurseWise, a nurse triage and health education provider.

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