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When Health Begins: What You Need to Know

Pregnant Woman

A woman lacking vital nutrients before and during pregnancy or using tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy faces a higher risk of pregnancy complications. Surprisingly, many of these same prenatal factors may also increase her child's risk of behavioral and learning disabilities and/or elevate the risk of future disease all the way from childhood to old age.

Prevention begins with education. It is vital that each young person appreciate how a woman's health and nutrition starting long before pregnancy can shape the lifelong health of her baby.

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