Healthy Beginnings Preconception Health Program
Christiana Care's Healthy Beginnings program began as an effort to reduce Delaware's infant-mortality rate. The program brings together several important focus areas in every woman's health care:
- Preconception care identifies and addresses risks to future pregnancy, even if you aren't planning to get pregnant.
- Pregnancy planning guides you through the critical first steps that can set the stage for a healthy pregnancy.
- Prenatal care ensures the well being of you and your baby from conception to childbirth.
Healthy Beginnings brings together the services of a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, social workers, resource mothers, dieticians and case managers in one convenient location.
Ask your doctor for a risk assessment today and ask about Healthy Beginnings.
Why preconception health is important for every woman
Some of the most important things you can do to help have a healthy baby should happen before you get pregnant. Because half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, the best time to take control of your health is right now. This is preconception health—in other words, making healthy choices now, even if you don't plan to get pregnant. Take care of yourself, make healthy choices, and make a difference for yourself and your family.
- Have a pregnancy plan.
- Exercise daily.
- Learn to manage the stress in your life.
- Don't ignore conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or infections. Get help from your doctor.
- Ask your doctor about the safety of all medications, vitamins and herbs you are taking if you were to become pregnant. Even over-the-counter medications can be harmful to an unborn baby.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Find your ideal weight, and try to maintain it.
- Take a multivitamin with folic acid every day.
- Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date.
This program is supported, in part, by funding from the Delaware Division of Public Health. Further support comes from Children and Families First, and the Delaware March of Dimes.