Preconception health sets the stage for healthier mothers and babies.
Healthy Weight for Healthy Birth and Beyond -
A birthing parent’s weight before, during and after pregnancy affects the health of both the birthing parent and the baby. Birthing parents who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant and/or gain excessive weight during pregnancy have increased risk for numerous adverse health conditions such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, cesarean delivery and hypertension.
California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (CDAPP) Sweet Success Guidelines for Care -
Patient management references for multidiscipline providers serving women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy. Includes nutrition, breastfeeding and physical activity guidelines.
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Steps (CPSP) to Take Program Guidelines For Enhanced Health Education, Nutrition and Psychosocial Services (PDF) includes guidelines for physical activity and nutrition for pregnant women, and for gestational diabetes.
MyPlate Resources to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Tools and handouts encourage children, teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.
Folic Acid Resources -
All California women of reproductive age should take a supplement with 400μg of folic acid daily or consume a breakfast cereal fortified with 100% of the recommended daily value of folic acid to prevent serious birth defects.