Among other things, this means all women between first menstrual period and menopause should take folic acid supplements, refrain from smoking, maintain a healthy weight and keep chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes under control.
While most of these recommendations are well known to women who are pregnant or seeking to get pregnant, experts say it's important that women follow this advice throughout their reproductive lives, because about half of pregnancies are unplanned and so much damage can be done to a fetus between conception and the time the pregnancy is confirmed.
This, in combination with the attempts by this administration to cut women's reproductive health costs out of all insurance plans...makes me freakin' rabid.
Speaking of which, EMPLOYERS play a huge part in deciding what the health plan they choose covers. Use these prefab letters to talk to yours about birth control coverage. Also go to http://www.covermypills.org to see what your state's current legislative status on the matter is, and WRITE to either praise or harrangue your congresscritters!