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What to Know Before You Glow

The idea of starting a family is exciting. Ensure you know the facts and are well prepared before trying to conceive.

"Practicing proper preconception health can decrease your chance of miscarriage and pregnancy complications,” says Marcia Taylor, M.D., OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “By the time a woman realizes she is pregnant, she’s typically five to six weeks from her last menstrual period. Critical fetal development occurs early in the first trimester.”

Dr. Taylor recommends meeting with an OB/GYN as a woman’s first step in preconception health.

“Discussing your desire to conceive with your OB/GYN is fundamental,” says Dr. Taylor. “He or she can help you determine a preconception health plan best suited for you.”

Encourage a healthy pregnancy by practicing the following tips at least three months prior to trying to conceive.

• Eat a healthy diet.

• Exercise at least 30 minutes most days a week.

• Limit alcohol consumption.

• Stop smoking.

• Take a prenatal vitamin that includes folic acid.

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To request a Pregnancy Planning Kit from a Texas Health hospital near you, visit or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Summer 2011)

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