It's best and healthiest for babies not to be born before they're due. Learn what you can do to prevent early labor. When babies are born too early, it can lead to health problems. Moms-to-be should do everything they can to carry their baby for at least 37 weeks.

See your doctor early and often

  • Call as soon as you know you're pregnant.
  • Go to all prenatal appointments.
  • Get screening tests to check your health and your baby's.

See your Doctor
early and often

Prevent infection

  • Use condoms during sex.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid raw meat, fish, and unpasteurized cheese.

wash your hands often

Protect your baby's health and well-being

  • Don't drink alcohol, smoke, or use illegal drugs. Get help to quit, if needed.
  • Take care of diabetes or other health problems.
  • Leave an abusive relationship. Many groups can help.

Say No To Alcohol

Take care of your body

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods and drink lots of water
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Exercise if the doctor says it's OK
  • Aim for gaining about 25-35 pounds throughout pregnancy.

Drink lots of water

Take care of your mind

  • Do yoga, take walks, or do other things to relax
  • Tell your doctor if you feel anxious or depressed.
  • Talk to a counselor or therapist about your worries

Do Yoga