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Health Awareness Campaigns: Pregnancy and Preconception Health

 

Women Veterans Health Care has created materials promoting healthy pregnancies among women Veterans.

Thumbnail image of healthy pregnancy outreach poster: A healthy pregnancy should be the first gift you give your child.

Healthy Pregnancy Poster (998.6 KB, PDF)
Number: IB 10-314SM
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"

Healthy Pregnancy Poster (1.01 MB, PDF)
Number: IB 10-314LG
Dimensions: 11" x 17"




Preconception Health

"Preconception health" refers to the conditions and risk factors that could affect a woman or her unborn baby if she becomes pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, and medicines can harm a developing fetus — even before he or she is conceived. Some health problems, such as diabetes, also can affect pregnancy. Women should prepare for pregnancy at least 3 months before getting pregnant. Some actions, such as quitting smoking, reaching a healthy weight, or adjusting medications, should start even earlier. The VA can help all women Veterans to maintain their health, whether or not they are planning to conceive.

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).*

About Women Veterans

Women are now the fasting growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care. Learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans.

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