Annual check-ups now for a Stronger Baby later
Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. It means living well, being healthy, making a plan for the future and taking the steps to get there. It involves finding and taking care of any problems that might affect you and your baby later, like diabetes or high blood pressure. It also involves steps you can take to reduce the risk of birth defects and other problems. For example, you should take folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects, ideally before you become pregnant.
Whether or not you are thinking about planning a pregnancy in the near future or not, at least once a year, you should see your doctor for a health checkup.
For more information on preconception health, visit the CDC or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.