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Tuesday, May 16

Treating Nearly All Women as Pre-Pregnant

Have you read this story?
Forever Pregnant
Guidelines: Treat Nearly All Women as Pre-Pregnant
By January W. Payne
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 16, 2006; HE01

New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves -- and to be treated by the health care system -- as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon.

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.

Oh goodie. We're (well not me anymore) considered pre-conceptive. When will "not healthy enough" women be charged with pre-murder? Is it just me or does this whole article make you nervous? And no, there is no talk of universal health care or anything silly like that.


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