Stay Healthy -

Stay Healthy

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MN WIC Program

  1. Be a Healthy Mom
  2. Stay Healthy
  3. Are You at a Healthy Weight?

Choose a healthy diet every day.

Eat a wide variety of foods. A variety of food gives you the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Folic acid

All women who can become pregnant should get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. You can lower your chance of having a baby with birth defects of the brain or spine by having enough folic acid in your body.

The folic acid needs to be in your body before you get pregnant and in the first month of your pregnancy.

Foods with lots of folic acid:

• Fortified cereals (like WIC cereal)
• Fortified/enriched grain products
• Nuts and peanut butter
• Asparagus
• Spinach
• Liver
• Orange Juice

Talk to your doctor about taking a multivitamin that contains folic acid. It could make a difference!

Be wise - immunize

One of the best protections you can give your baby is to immunize her. Ask your health care provider for a complete schedule for your baby’s immunizations.

Breastfeeding is best feeding

Breastmilk is the best food for babies. Breastfed babies and their mothers enjoy a special closeness. Breastmilk also helps babies fight infections and delays allergies. Breastfed babies are sick less often. Continue breastfeeding your baby if you are doing so. If you have a baby in the future, consider breastfeeding.

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

If you use drugs, smoke or drink alcohol while you’re pregnant, your baby may:

• be born too early
• be born too small
• be born too sick to live
• have an intellectual disability
• have heart or breathing problems

After birth, your baby needs your love and attention. A mother who uses drugs or abuses alcohol may not care for her baby properly. Babies and children who are around cigarette smoke have more colds, coughs and ear infections.

If you need help to quit using drugs or drinking, please ask. The WIC office can tell you where to go for help.