Start your journey to a healthy pregnancy with VA

Thinking about having a baby can be exciting and overwhelming. You want to have all the information you need – before your pregnancy – to make the best decisions for your future family.

This is where VA can help you.

VA can help you make the best decisions for your future family

VA has a number of resources including overall health, Mental Health and fertility care to help you plan your pregnancy.

To do the first step

Schedule a visit with your VA primary care provider to start today. It’s never too early to discuss your goals with your suppliers. They can make sure you’re up to date with routine tests, discuss your current health status, and create a birth control plan that best fits your schedule.

Medicines and pregnancy

Your health care provider will review all the medications you take and discuss their risks and benefits. Many medications are safe to take before and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

However, some drugs can have a negative impact on the embryo or fetus. If you are taking any medications, your provider will review them and discuss the risks and benefits of each medication with you. Your provider will also work with your mental health care provider to determine the best treatment for you and your pregnancy.

VA is one of the few health care systems in the nation that uses integrated technology to track your prescriptions to ensure you don’t receive medications that could be harmful before or during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Radiation from X-rays, CT scans, and other medical treatments can also impact the development of your fetus. It is important to tell your provider immediately if you are trying to get pregnant or might be.

Your current state of health is important

Adopting healthy habits is one of the best actions you can take right now to support a healthy pregnancy. A healthy pregnancy begins long before you become pregnant. VA can help you create and maintain healthy habits:

  • Avoid smoking and smoky areas.
  • Exercise. Work up to 10,000 steps a day.
  • Eat a nutritious diet and incorporate prenatal vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are available from VA.
  • Practice mindfulness and reduce stress in your life, which can also help with conception.
  • Look for Mental Health support and treatment as needed, individually or as a couple.
  • Begin drug treatment if necessary.
  • Work with your partner to make sure they’re healthier, too.

If you don’t have a VA health care provider, or have questions about VA health care services for female veterans, call, text, or chat with our Veteran Women’s Call Center at 855-829-6636.

For more information, listen Transforming care for women in VA or Maternal health podcasts.

Start your journey to a healthy pregnancy with VA because a healthy pregnancy starts with a healthy you.

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