CDC recommends greater pre-conception care

Filed under: Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health

Did you hear about this? Because if you didn't, I suppose we'll have to tell you about it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a recommendation that all women behave as though they are pregnant, all the time. Women, we, I should say, from the time of our first period until we go through menopause, should refrain from smoking, talk to our doctors about the harmful effects of alcohol, and should take prenatal vitamins with a folic acid supplement daily.

Apparently, this recommendation has been made because infant mortality is high in the United States. Women do untold harm to their fetuses before they even know they are pregnant. Hence, every woman should behave as though they are already pregnant. Did I mention that this recommendation includes, "regardless of whether or not they plan to get pregnant anytime soon"? The CDC is calling this a movement to encourage preconception health. Because half of all pregnancies are unplanned.

While I applaud the concerns about prenatal health, I am a bit concerned whenever recommendations like this arise. I am not planning on ever becoming pregnant again. I would like to be given the right to take care of my own prenatal care, if and when I every change my mind about that.

What do you think about this?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.