Grants aimed at better health before pregnancy

BIRTH

KIMT NEWS 3 — It’s important for a new mother to be healthy, before getting pregnant.
That’s the goal of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Preconception Health grant program.
They’re trying to improve care for non-pregnant, women and their partners.
Local experts say being healthy before pregnancy is essential.
“It makes a big difference on the outcome and lowering risk factors during pregnancy if moms are prepared,” Mower County Public Health Nurse Karen Frank said. “As best you can, you know there are always the unknown factors. But, you can do or think about having folic acid in your diet and maybe taking a vitamin with folic acid.”
She adds getting a checkup before your pregnant and cutting out smoking and alcohol are also good things that can help lower risk factors.

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