Before Pregnancy
Preconception Health

Whether or not you are planning to get pregnant, your health is very important! If you are planning to have a baby, or are having unprotected sex making getting pregnant more likely, it is important that you are making good choices for your overall health.
  • See a Doctor for yearly check-ups
  • Get tested for STDs (For testing locations Click Here!)
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and any street drugs
  • Keep vaccinations up to date
  • Take a multivitamin with 400mg of folic acid
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Assess support system and stress level
  • Exercise regularly


If you smoke tobacco products or have a partner who smokes, it would be best to quit before getting pregnant. Smoking not only can cause cancer, emphysema, and other health problems for yourself, but it can cause many complications with your pregnancy such as preterm labor, having a low birth weight baby, and respiratory infections. If you smoke, you can quit!

If you would like help, here are some resources:
  • Ohio Tobacco Quit 1-800-Quit-Now or
  • Tobacco Quit Line 1-866-Quit-Yes
  • American Cancer Society Fresh Start Program (216) 241-1177
  • City of Cleveland Freedom from Smoking (employees only) (216) 664-4310
  • Cleveland Clinic Health System Smoking Cessation Program (216) 444-5812
  • Metro Health Medical Center Freedom from Smoking (216) 778-1221 or (216) 778-7503 (Spanish)
  • NEON Health Services Smoking Cessation Program (216) 231-7700 ext: 11058
  • Recovery Resources Freedom from Smoking (216) 932-4021