Healthy Body

Taking good care of your physical health can help you to look and feel your best.  Here are a few tips to keep your body healthy and strong and keep you feeling good. If you get pregnant, staying healthy now will help you to have a healthy pregnancy later, whenever that might be.

  • Get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day from a multivitamin or fortified cereal. This will help prevent birth defects if you become pregnant.
  • Achieve a healthy weight by eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains and by exercising for at least 30 minutes every day. 
  • Visit your doctor once a year for health screenings and to treat medical conditions. Also learn about medications, sexually transmitted diseases, and vaccines that can affect your health. 
  • Take care of your teeth and gums and visit your dentist at least once a year.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, and drugs to stay healthy and to prevent serious risks if you do get pregnant. 
Available Resources
Learn how you can achieve a healthy weight.
Keywords: weight; diet; exercise; physical activity; plate method; calorie balance; nutrition tips; exercise tips; recommendations
Learn how alcohol can affect your health.
Keywords: drugs; alcohol; addiction; drinking; FASD
They taught you acid is bad for your health, right? Learn more about this good acid called "folic" and why you should take it everyday!
Keywords: folic acid; folate; vitamin; multivitamin; B-vitamin; before pregnancy
Learn about genetic conditions that could affect you and any children that you might have in the future.
Keywords: genetic; inherited; genetic counselor; genetic disease; prenatal testing; newborn screening; family tree; history; risk; DNA; genes
Learn how to have a healthy, balanced diet.
Keywords: fruits; vegetables; whole grains; calcium; low fat; lean; healthy food; preconception nutrition; preconception diet; healthy diet; balanced diet; eating guide; healthy weight
Learn how taking care of your teeth and gums can affect your overall health.
Keywords: oral health; teeth and gums; cleaning teeth; flouride; healthy mouth; recommendations; cavities; soda; sugar
Learn how drugs can affect your health.
Keywords: Medicine; medication; prescription; over-the-counter; illegal drugs; medicine before pregnancy; medicine while pregnant; effects of drugs
Learn how to stay active.
Keywords: exercise; activity; aerobic; strengthening activities; physical activity; healthy weight; preconception exercise
The South Los Angeles Health Projects/Los Angeles BioMed Women Infants and Children Program composed a postpartum checklist for women to take to their 6-week postpartum visit to help guide the discussion and ensure appropriate questions are answered. This checklist is availabe in English and Spanish.
Keywords: interconception, postpartum, visit, just had a baby, doctor, healthcare
Learn about sexually transmitted diseases that can affect your health.
Keywords: infection; vaccination; STD; immunization; HIV; STI; sexually transmitted diseases; safe sex
Learn how medical conditions can affect your reproductive health.
Keywords: medical conditions; medications; oral health; doctor; dentist; disease; illness
Learn about medications that can cause birth defects and other problems.
Keywords: medicine; drugs; over-the-counter; prescription; drug safety; FDA; CTIS
Learn how smoking can severely harm your health.
Keywords: smoking; tobacco; smoking cessation; quit smoking; how to quit smoking
Learn how to prevent infections that can affect your health and the health of future pregnancies.
Keywords: vaccine; vaccination; immunization; before pregnancy shots
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