Pregnancy/Postpartum

Give Your Baby the Best Start

Health Guide for Pregnant Women

Get Prenatal Care

  • If you think you are pregnant see your doctor right away. Those who have early and constant prenatal care have babies with better health.

Eat Healthy & Take Needed Supplements

  • Food you eat is the main source for your baby to grow.

  • Prenatal vitamins provide folic acid, calcium, and iron to keep you both healthy.

  • Iodine supplements help your baby’s brain develop.

  • Take care of your oral health. See your dentist to protect both your teeth and gums.

Keep Active & Maintain a Sleep Routine

  • Exercise can give you a good sense of well-being. Ask your doctor how much is safe for you. Do not overdo it.

  • Try to sleep and wake up at the same time. Rest and nap in the day as you need.

Get Your Vaccines & Avoid Health Risks

  • Protect both you and your baby from diseases. Ask your doctor about getting your flu and pertussis booster shots.

  • Learn how to avoid food borne illness such as listeria and salmonella.

  • Find out how to avoid health hazards such as cat litter and cleaning sprays.

Learn Why You Should Breastfeed

  • Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.

  • It can help protect your baby from infections and diseases.

  • It also improves brain growth for your baby!

Know the Danger Signs

Watch for signs that something is wrong. Some pregnancy danger signs:

  • Bad stomach pain or cramps

  • Throwing up often or nausea

  • Fever or chills

  • Severe or sudden headaches

  • Swelling of face or hands

  • Vision change (blurred, seeing spots, flashes)

  • Bleeding or cramping

  • Your baby is moving less than normal

Take Care of Yourself

  • Many women feel intense sadness, feel more anxious, or have mood swings during or after being pregnant. It is not your fault if you feel this way. There are safe options to help you.

  • If you need help to make or get a ride to your doctor, call the number on your health ID card. They will work with you to get the care you need.
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