GENESEO, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2023 – Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to ensure having a healthy baby. Livingston County is encouraging parents to schedule evaluations, exams and follow-ups as part of their pre-pregnancy and prenatal care routines.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recommends that anyone considering pregnancy meet with their respective healthcare provider to determine the best approach to safeguarding a healthy pregnancy. As part of a healthy pre-pregnancy plan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that those considering pregnancy increase their daily intake of folic acid to at least 400 micrograms and make sure that their immunizations are up to date. Additionally, the CDC recommends that any diagnosed conditions such as diabetes are controlled before becoming pregnant to protect the health of the fetus and the mother. Those considering pregnancy should avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking and should attain a healthy weight. Furthermore, a pre-pregnancy plan should factor in any family history as well as account for treatment for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
In addition, those who suspect they may be pregnant should schedule a visit with their healthcare provider to begin prenatal care including blood tests, imaging including ultrasound exams, urine samples and other routine check-ups that monitor the health of the mother and the child.
Results from numerous studies have demonstrated how prenatal care, in conjunction with a healthy diet, regular sleep and exercise, have a significant impact in reducing pregnancy complications, controlling blood pressure and promoting fetal health and development.
Locally, the Livingston County Department of Health partners with several organizations who can help expectant parents with items ranging from WIC to breastfeeding and more.
Learn more about the importance of pre-pregnancy and prenatal care by visiting the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.