Pregnancy is a time of change. You will
change physically and emotionally, and the day-to-day
life of your family will also change. Research shows that
the more you are cared for during pregnancy, the better
you can care for your newborn. Don’t hesitate to
ask for help and accept it when it is offered.
Having a healthy pregnancy can help you have a healthy
baby. Eat a nutritious diet, stay active and get plenty
of rest. Avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs. And start getting
regular checkups as soon as you are pregnant or want to
Exercise and Relaxation
Stay active, but also take time to sit
quietly. Exercise and relaxation can help you
feel good throughout your pregnancy.
Your teeth and gums need extra care during pregnancy.
Women with gum disease are more likely to have a premature
baby. So visit your dentist for checkups and brush and
floss often. And take prenatal vitamins—the calcium
is good for your teeth.
Time to Quit
Smoking, drinking or using drugs can cause babies to
be born premature or with serious problems. Many women
who’ve wanted to quit find that now they can.
If you need help to stop, don’t hesitate to ask
for it. The sooner you stop the better, but whenever
you stop, you will help your baby.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Food and Nutrition
The Women, Infants and Children
(WIC) program offers classes and counseling on nutrition
and breastfeeding, both before and after the birth. It
also helps you get healthy food. To see if you qualify,
call your county Health Department or WIC Works. Visit
Madison shares in the
wonder of her mother’s pregnancy.
You may be able to get free or low-cost prenatal
care. Ask about Emergency Medi-Cal. Call your county
Health Department or BabyCal.
For low-cost health insurance for pregnant women
with low or middle incomes, call AIM Program.
When you visit the doctor, tell her all the medications
or supplements you take.