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Does your body weight matter?

YES.

Your body weight before pregnancy affects your ability to get pregnant and the health of you and your baby.  If you are underweight or very overweight, you and your baby could be at risk. Some of these risks include pre-term birth, low or high birth weight, hypertension and diabetes.

There are many factors that influence weight, shape and health.  Some factors are related to genetics and others are related to lifestyle.  For most people, it is a combination of both. 

There are many things you can do that will improve your health, which in turn can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity, not short-term dietary changes.

Tips:

Follow Canada’s Food Guide
Don’t skip meals.
Eat vegetables and fruit at all meals and as snacks.
Drink water for thirst throughout the day.
Try to be active for at least 150 minutes a week.
One small goal per week can lead to a lifelong healthy habit
Recognize that everyone is unique in his or her own way, including you.
Pay attention to the short-term benefits from eating well and being active, such as stress relief and having more energy.
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Updated Sep 22, 2017