When you are pregnant, each thing you eat, drink, or take into your body may affect your unborn baby. So try to eat healthy foods and drink lots of water while you are pregnant. Do not drink alcohol or use drugs, such as marijuana, meth, cocaine, or heroin. Even a little alcohol or drug use can hurt your baby. Smoking can also slow your baby's growth. Alcohol and drug use during pregnancy can cause problems in your child that can last for his or her whole life.
If you are thinking about getting pregnant, stop drinking alcohol and do not use drugs or smoke. You may not know when you get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor, midwife, or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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