(HealthDay News) -- Taking steps to better your health before you or your partner becomes pregnant can help ensure a healthier pregnancy.

The womenshealth.gov website offers this preconception advice:

  • Take a daily supplement that contains at least 400 micrograms to 800 micrograms of folic acid.
  • Quit drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Make sure any chronic health condition, such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy or obesity, is well-controlled.
  • Get any necessary vaccinations.
  • Discuss any over-the-counter or prescription medications that you're taking with your doctor.
  • Stay away from toxic substances.
  • Avoid animal feces that could lead to infection.