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What can you do to have a healthy pregnancy?

The best things you can do to have a healthy pregnancy are to eat a variety of foods, get regular exercise, avoid alcohol and smoking, and go to your doctor visits. If you didn't exercise much before you got pregnant, talk to your doctor about how you can slowly get more active.

For more information on healthy habits, see the topic Quick Tips: Healthy Pregnancy Habits.

For more information on eating well when you're pregnant, see:

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Quick Tips: Adding Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet.
Meal Planning: Menu and Grocery List(What is a PDF document?).

If you're not pregnant yet, what can you do to get ready for pregnancy?

If you're not yet pregnant, now is a good time to try to lose some weight. Losing even 5 or 10 pounds may help reduce your risk for problems.

You also can make other lifestyle changes to get a future pregnancy off to a good start. These include getting enough folic acid, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and avoiding or limiting caffeine. See your doctor for a checkup before you become pregnant.

For more information on getting ready for pregnancy, see the topic Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy.

Some women may want to have weight-loss surgery. If you're thinking about it, talk with your doctor to learn how it might affect a future pregnancy. For more information, see the topic Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery.

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Last Updated: February 14, 2013
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