Knox County Tennessee

Annual check-ups now for a Stronger Baby later


Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. It means living well, being healthy, making a plan for the future and taking the steps to get there. It involves finding and taking care of any problems that might affect you and your baby later, like diabetes or high blood pressure. It also involves steps you can take to reduce the risk of birth defects and other problems. For example, you should take folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects, ideally before you become pregnant.

Whether or not you are thinking about planning a pregnancy in the near future or not, at least once a year, you should see your doctor for a health checkup.

For more information on preconception health, visit the CDC or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Call: 865-215-5555

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On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.