If You Are a Woman
Follow these steps to be as healthy as you can BEFORE you ever become pregnant or before you become pregnant again.
You will be doing yourself a big favor now – and will ensure the best possible start for any baby you might have later.
If you are not a woman but you care about one (like a wife, girlfriend, daughter, sister, or friend), encourage that
special lady in your life to follow these tips.
Get pregnant when you want to. Use birth control, emergency contraception, or don’t have sex.
Half of all pregnancies in this country are unplanned. Birth control helps you protect yourself from unintended
pregnancy and from sexually transmitted diseases. For more information, call your health care provider or contact:
- The Family Planning clinic at the Forsyth County Health Department at 336-703-3100
- Planned Parenthood of the Triad at 336-761-1052
Try to quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke.
Cigarette smoking hurts you today and years down the road. More women die every year from lung cancer than breast
cancer. Second-hand smoke can also be fatal.
- Ask your friends or family to step outside if they want to smoke.
- Look for smoke-free places when you eat out or go out to have fun.
- Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for a Quit Coach to help you or family members quit smoking.
Have an annual check up. Get tested for common infections.
Some common Reproductive Tract Infections and even Sexually Transmitted Diseases can linger with almost no symptoms
but can cause serious harm. Ask your health care provider about being tested.
- Call the Forsyth County Health Department - STD clinic at 336-703-3100 to learn about STD tests. You do not
need an appointment and many tests are free.
Try to leave an abusive situation.
The strain of domestic violence, rape, or incest is hard on a woman’s body and mind. No one deserves to be beaten or violated. If you are pregnant or have young children, abuse is dangerous for you and for your baby.
- Call Family Services in Winston-Salem at 336-723-8125 for help anytime.
Strive for Five – your body will thank you for it!
- Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
- Be physically active for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
Take a daily multivitamin to reduce your risk.
Folic Acid is a B vitamin that helps your body in many ways. It can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It
also helps prevent many birth defects in babies if their mothers took a daily vitamin for at least two months BEFORE
they became pregnant. Even if you are not thinking about becoming pregnant, multivitamins with Folic Acid are an
important part of keeping healthy.
Find your friends.
Women who have supportive relationships with their partner, friends, or family members may have less stress in their
lives. Reduce your stress – find a friend!