It may sound odd, but new national guidelines from the CDC and more than thirty other groups are suggesting women of all ages think of themselves as "always pregnant", whether they are or not.
This includes pre-teens, girls as young as fifth or sixth grade. That means from the first period to menopause, girls or women are advised to live by the same health practices that are common when pregnant, like taking folic acid no smoking maintaining a healthy weight and controlling chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.
Officials say they hope these guidelines will be taken in the right spirit. The bottom line, according to the CDC, is they're hoping parents will make the effort to pass this common sense advice on to their daughters at a young age, to protect their health and the health of others should they decide to have children later.