Show Your Love – Get Healthy

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Women’s Overall Health

Have a plan, whether it includes a family or not, and you can achieve your goals! These checklists can help.

For women want to become pregnant » Adobe PDF file
For women who do not want to become pregnant » Adobe PDF file

Women can use these checklists to set goals and make a health plan. They can also use the checklist to discuss their goals with a doctor or healthcare provider.

 

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Eating Healthy

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, released on January 31, 2011, emphasize three major goals for Americans:

  • Balance calories with physical activity to manage weight
  • Consume more of certain foods and nutrients such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood
  • Consume fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains

What is preconception health?

• Preconception health refers to a woman’s health during the years she can have a child.

• A woman’s health before she gets pregnant can affect the health of her baby.

Show your love. You’re ready to get pregnant. It’s time to nurture and love yourself by planning and preparing your body for pregnancy. Follow some steps to improve your preconception health.

  • Each year, about 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States is affected by a birth defect, a leading cause of death in the first year of life.
  • We know that women who improve their health before pregnancy can be healthier mothers and have healthier babies. Healthier women have less chance of having other problems with pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, miscarriage, or preterm labor. Their babies have less chance for problems, such as preterm birth, low birth weight, high birth weight, or stillbirth.
  • Preconception health refers to the health of women during their childbearing years before and between pregnancies.
  • It is important for women of childbearing age to take steps to quit smoking, get up-to-date on shots, avoid alcohol and tobacco, maintain a healthy weight, and get chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, under control before pregnancy.
  • We have designed a national campaign, Show Your Love, to encourage all women of childbearing age to take steps improve their health before getting pregnant.
  • Because 49% of pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned, we urge all women of childbearing age to take steps to improve their health now.

What can you do?

• Choose behaviors like eating a healthy diet, being physically active and taking folic acid every day.

• Stop drinking alcohol, smoking, and using street drugs.

• Get screened and tested for possible medical problems like infections or diabetes.

• Talk with your doctor about how to best manage your medical conditions and medicines with pregnancy in mind.

• Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.

• Get mentally healthy.

• Get regular checkups at least once a year.
For more information on how to improve your health now, talk with your doctor and visit www.cdc.gov/showyourlove.
Your baby will thank you for it!

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