Get Healthy Before You Get Pregnant

A healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy can lead to a healthier baby.

Babies born to healthy women are more likely to be healthy.
Now is the time to get healthy before you get pregnant.

   plan for your pregnancy
Plan your pregnancy so that you and your partner
are in good health and prepared for having a child.
Make sure you use your birth control correctly.
Know that you can get pregnant if you
forget or skip a birth control pill.
Antibiotics and other medications can interfere
with the effectiveness of your birth control pill.
All women should take a multivitamin with 400
micrograms of folic acid every day. It can help prevent
birth defects and may help protect you from heart disease.

   aim for a healthy weight
Aim for a healthy weight
Women who are
underweight or
overweight when
they get pregnant are
more likely to have a
baby born too early.
Overweight women are more likely to experience
more problems during pregnancy and labor.

   eat healthy foods
Eat at least five servings of fruits
and vegetables every day.
Limit sweets, fats, salt and soda. Pay attention
to serving sizes so you do not eat too much.
Eat iron-rich foods like leafy green vegetables.
Enjoy foods high in Vitamin C like oranges,
grapefruit, strawberries, tomatoes, green
peppers, broccoli, cabbage and cantaloupe.
prevent and treat infections
Infections such
as periodontal
(gum) disease may
contribute to
preterm (too -
early) labor.
Prevent and treat infections
Brush your teeth
at least two times
a day and floss
  once a day. See a dentist at least once a year to
have your teeth cleaned and gums examined.
Sexually transmitted infections can cause a woman to have problems getting pregnant or cause preterm (too-early) labor once pregnant.

avoid harmful substances
A pregnant woman never takes risks alone.
Avoid harmful substances If there’s a chance
you might be
pregnant, do not
drink alcohol or
take drugs.
No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.
Abuse of prescription and illegal drugs
is not good for you or your baby.
Tobacco use during pregnancy deprives your
baby of the oxygen needed to develop properly. Your
baby is twice as likely to be born with a low birthweight.
This material does not replace the advice of your health care provider.
Ask him/her for more information on this topic.

Funding provided by the Florida Department of Health, supported in part by project H5MMC10873 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act).
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