For women who aren’t in perfect health or who have potentially toxic exposures, taking care of yourself before pregnancy assures that you will be in your best shape in early on when the baby’s organs start to form. Remember, early embryonic development begins before you may know that you are pregnant, and weeks before you start prenatal care. Now is the best time to start taking care of your baby-to-be!
For the last half century, maternity care providers were taught to dramatically coach mothers to “Push!” with all their might. Things are getting better.