Women who are underweight, overweight, or obese have a higher risk of serious health conditions.
Achieving a healthy weight now can improve your chances of getting pregnant and avoiding pregnancy complications and birth defects.
Experts advise that the key to having a healthy weight is following a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
A healthy diet that includes nutritious foods can provide you with everything your body needs and help you feel your best. If you are planning to become pregnant, access to enough healthy food is very important to your future pregnancy.
Follow these steps to eat healthy:
- Eat balanced meals as shown on the USDA’s MyPlate.
- Control the portion size of your meals.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Choose healthy snacks.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit fast foods and instant foods.
Staying active with regular exercise can help you feel your best and maintain a healthy weight. It also helps reduce high blood pressure, reduces the risk of developing diabetes and other diseases. Most experts recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Before starting an exercise program, talk with your doctor.