Taking your family health history can help you make important health decisions. It can help you learn about the health of your baby even before he’s born! Knowing about health conditions before or early in pregnancy can help you and your health care provider decide on treatments and care for your baby.
By understanding the health issues that run in your family, you can take positive steps for a healthier future. Since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving as National Family History Day. Here are a couple of ways you can easily gather your FHH:
- Go to our website to find our helpful family health history forms.
- Use the interactive “My Family Health Portrait” tool available on the web.
- Hear Dr. Dolan explain why gathering your family health history can help a woman have a healthy baby.
So, somewhere between dinner and dessert, start a conversation with your relatives, and find out about your family health history. The info you learn may make a huge difference in all of your lives, and in your baby’s life!