Resources for Pre-Pregnancy Checkup

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Planning Pregnancy: Pre-Pregnancy Checkup
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to your pre-pregnancy checkup.

Resources for Healthful Planning Related to Pregnancy

The Mayo Clinic: Pre-Pregnancy Planning: Take Care Now for a Healthy Baby Later, how to prepare your body for pregnancy

Planned Parenthood: Pre-Pregnany Health, steps to plan for a healthy pregnancy

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: Before Your Next Pregnancy, what to do before (and during) your next pregnancy to lessen the chance for birth defects

Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Am Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo pregnancy book
pregnancy book
Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception (2011), by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo.

Ogle, a dietician, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer, and Mazzullo (OB-GYN, Northwestern Univ. Medical Sch.) recognized that while the importance of optimal health during pregnancy is widely acknowledged, relatively little information is available to consumers about the significant 90 days that precede conception. Interspersed throughout the readable text are numerous checklists, tables of important facts and practical advice, and patient vignettes.

Learn more about Before Your Pregnancy from Amazon pregnancy book

Resources for STDs and Pregnancy

American Social Health Association: STDs/STIs, offers information on specific diseases and links to reliable hotlines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: STDs & Pregnancy, CDC fact sheet on STDs and pregnancy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hotlines
  • General Information: 1-800-227-8922
  • AIDS Specific Information: 1-800-342-2437
  • En Espanol: 1-800-344-7432

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