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  Healthy Pregnancy
By Regina Novak, M.P.H
Senior Health Educator

Thinking about it?
1.  Mom and Dad’s health impacts the ability to conceive. Poor disease management, tobacco use and obesity can impair a couple’s fertility.

2.  Preconception health looks at a woman’s health prior to conceiving. The goal of the preconception appointment is to get the potential mother’s health on track to increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy for her and baby.

3.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists identify 8 areas of risk screening to be included in the preconception appointment:  reproductive awareness, environmental toxins and teratogens, nutrition, genetics, substance use, medical conditions and medications, infectious diseases and vaccination and psychosocial concerns.

4.  Folic acid is important in preventing spinal cord defects. Talk to your physician about ways you can get more folic acid in your diet. The March of Dimes recommends a daily intake of at least 400 micrograms for women who want to conceive.

5.  Pregnancy is expensive. Prior to conceiving, try to look at your insurance coverage. Do you have maternity coverage? What is your annual deductible?  How much are your co-pays?  What about coinsurance?

You're there...
1.  While there is no “pregnancy diet” per se, the goal of healthy eating during pregnancy is to take in enough nutrients to support baby’s growth and development. Talk to your provider about nutrient amounts recommended.

2.  Disease management is an important element to achieving a healthier pregnancy. It is important that women with diabetes regularly monitor their blood glucose levels and work with their healthcare team in order to identify any problems as soon as possible. 

3.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that with a doctor’s approval and guidance, women with healthy pregnancies can engage in physical activity.  Moderate level exercise most days of the week for at least 30 minutes is recommended for expectant mothers.  Because of the changes the body undergoes during pregnancy, low impact activities like swimming, water aerobics, walking and recumbent biking are encouraged.

4.  Many prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements are not deemed safe during pregnancy. Check with your provider before taking any medication.

5.  There are no dumb questions. If something comes up, do not wait until the next prenatal appointment to bring it up. If you do not feel right, call the doctor ASAP.

Now What?
1.  Discuss your child’s vaccine schedule with his/her pediatrician.  For more information on recommended scheduling, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

2.  It is important for mom to follow postpartum care instructions in order to help prevent infection.  Talk to your provider about signs and symptoms to be aware of and call ASAP if you notice anything that could indicate a problem.

3.  Postpartum depression is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is important to recognize the signs and get help immediately.  Some of the signs of postpartum depression include feelings of helplessness, social withdrawal, aversion to your newborn and a lack of desire to take care of yourself or others.

4.  Breastfeeding has a lot of health benefits for mom and baby.   If you are having difficulties, ask for help.  Nursing does not come naturally to everyone.

5.  Family planning is a decision that mom and dad should discuss.  Talk to your health care provider about your options.

 Breast Feeding Benefits:

Benefits for Mom

Benefits for Baby

Decreased risk of breast & ovarian cancer & Type 2 diabetes

Better immunity

Less risk of postpartum depression

Decreased risk of SIDS

May prevent osteoporosis

Proper growth & development

Faster return to normal uterine size

Easier digestion

Convenient & FREE

Best source of nutrition for infant

Faster weight loss & less postpartum bleeding

Milk changes according to baby’s needs

Natural birth control (depending)

Bonding time with mom



 Healthy Babies, Healthy Business

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Additional Resources
Adoption Resources

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Infertility Resources:

  • Fertility LifeLines:
  • Infertility Resources for Consumers:
  • Mayo Clinic:
  • The National Infertility Association:
  • US Department of Health and Human Services:
  • US National Library of Medicine:;

Breastfeeding Resources

  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:
  • American Academy of Pediatrics:
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • International Lactation Consultant Association:
  • La Leche League:
  • March of Dimes:
  • Mayo Clinic:
  • United States Breastfeeding Committee:
  • US Department of Health and Human Services: