Preconception Health

Why women need to take extra care of their health before conceiving a baby.

Pre-Conception Health

If you are planning to conceive, how you treat your body becomes very important. You’ll want to watch your alcohol consumption, avoid smoking and watch what you eat. You’ll also want to take a very important supplement says obstetrician Dr. Paul Bernstein co-author of Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book. “We have been advising patients to take pre-pregnancy folic acid for probably a decade. The evidence started to come out to show that folic acid was helpful in reducing risks for neural tube defects.”

Dr. Bernstein adds that it’s better that women take folic acid sooner rather than later. “We advise patients who are thinking about becoming pregnant that they have enough lag time to take it for three months before they conceive. That seems to give the best results with regards to decreasing the risks of spina bifida.”

The Parent Report’s expert guest is Dr. Paul Bernstein, the Head of Divison of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, and the co-author of Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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