Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Obesity and Pregnancy

Font Size

Topic Overview

(continued)

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:

actionset.gif Healthy Eating: Changing Your Eating Habits.
actionset.gif Healthy Eating: Making Healthy Choices When You Shop.
actionset.gif Healthy Eating: Cutting Unhealthy Fats From Your Diet.
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.

1|2
1|2

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Hot Topics

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors

WebMD Video: Now Playing

Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

tea
What you should eat.
Woman sitting in front of UV lights
Is yours working?
woman using breath spray
What's causing yours?
colon xray
Get the facts.
MS Overview
Recognizing symptoms.
bowl of yogurt with heart shape
Eat for a healthy heart.
woman doing pushups
To help you get fit.
Colored x-ray of tooth decay
Know what to look for.
Woman sitting with child
Do you know the symptoms?
fruit drinks
Foods that can help you focus.
Sad dog and guacamole
Don't feed this to your dog.
Thyroid exam
See how much you know.

Women's Health Newsletter

Find out what women really need.