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 English | Spanish.
- 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.
Sometimes you may not have enough food in your home. Resources are available in our county to help. Click on More Information below to find resources (2-1-1), How to Find Food Help in OC, WIC, SNAP).
- 211 OC English | Spanish
- ocfoodhelp.org English | Spanish
- feedoc.org English | Spanish
- MyHealthOC – Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) English | Spanish
- CalFresh English | Spanish
- United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) – Choose MyPlate English | Spanish
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight English | Spanish
- Champions for Change English | Spanish
- EatFresh.org English | Spanish
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.