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Eat Healthy During Pregnancy: Quick Tips

A healthy diet can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Stay Active During Pregnancy: Quick Tips

Regular exercise can help you have a healthy pregnancy.

Review Date: April 03, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women

When you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. Find advice to help you and your baby stay healthy.

Review Date: January 10, 2012

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families- (PDF)

This publication provides information and encouragement to American Indian and Alaska Native women on breastfeeding. It explains the benefits for baby, mom and society, and also provides frequently asked questions and answers about breastfeeding.

Review Date: March 01, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Breastfeeding

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons – the joyful bonding with your baby, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby. Read this article for tips and suggestions on how to successfully breastfeed your baby.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Breastfeeding: Handling Stress

Get tips to manage stress with a new baby.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Chapters - International Cesarean Awareness Network

ICAN chapters seek to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Review Date: January 22, 2013

International Cesarean Awareness Network

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Get answers to common breastfeeding problems.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Community Services Locator for Children and Families

The Community Services Locator is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Library

Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet

Depression is a common problem during and after pregnancy. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find a Mothers' Center Group

Locate a Mothers' Center near you to find a community of women, who through mutual support and public advocacy, explore, enrich and value the maternal experience.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Association of Mothers' Centers

Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy

This document provides ideas and tips for pregnant women to help them improve their eating plans and become more physically active before, during, and after their pregnancy.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Get Help: Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International has more than 175 coordinators around the world. PSI coordinators provide support, encouragement, and information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and can help you connect to your community or internet resources.

Review Date: February 09, 2011

Postpartum Support International

Healthy Pregnancy

Designed for expectant mothers, this web site provides information about each trimester of pregnancy, family planning, preparing for the new baby, childbirth, postnatal and postpartum care, and more.

Review Date: March 01, 2011

Office on Women's Health

HIV and Pregnancy - (PDF)

A woman who is HIV-infected and pregnant or has recently given birth will find steps to take to preserve health and prevent transmission of HIV to her baby.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

AIDSinfo

Know Your Terms: New Full Term Pregnancy Definition

Learn why it’s worth it to wait until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy to deliver, if mom and baby are healthy.

Review Date: October 03, 2014

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Information Resource Center

Maternal and Child Health Bureau Programs

Links to programmatic information about the Title V block grant to states, women and infants, child health and safety, children with special health care needs, adolescents, genetics, and research and training.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Maternal and Child Health Library

Find accurate, timely information from across the Maternal and Child Health spectrum to assist states, communities, professionals, and families.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

Maternal and Child Health Library

National Association of Mothers' Centers

Learn about Mothers' Centers, where women meet for mutual support and explore, enrich and value the maternal experience.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Association of Mothers' Centers

Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you have a higher need for some vitamins and minerals. Learn how to choose the right foods to provide the vitamins and minerals you and your baby need.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Overview

While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Learn how you can prevent a worsening of these symptoms and fully recover.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Postpartum Support International

Physical Activity for Everyone: Healthy Pregnant or Postpartum Women

Unless you have a medical reason to avoid physical activity during or after your pregnancy, you can begin or continue moderate-intensity aerobic activity. However, read this web page to find out what kind of activities to avoid.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pregnancy Complications

Learn about the pregnancy complications and when to seek medical care.

Review Date: February 22, 2012

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health

Both pregnancy and breastfeeding cause changes and place extra demands on a woman’s body. Some of these may have an affect on her bones. The good news is that most women do not experience bone problems during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

Pregnancy: Staying Healthy and Safe

Pregnant women are bombarded with do's and don'ts. Here is help to keep it all straight.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pregnancy: Taking Care of You and Your Baby

These are some guidelines to follow to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), which is also called toxemia or preeclampsia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. The signs of PIH include: high blood pressure, swelling that doesn't go away and large amounts of protein in the urine.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Prenatal Services

If you are pregnant, programs in your state can help you have a healthy baby. These programs offer medical care, support and advice for pregnant women, information about health insurance and other services you and your baby may need.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Preventing Infections in Pregnancy

Use these simple tips to prevent infection during pregnancy and keep your unborn baby safe.

Review Date: December 11, 2012

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

The Healthy Baby Resource

Learning the dangers inherent in our modern world can help you avoid many harmful exposures and increase the chances of having a healthy baby. This site discusses prenatal care, nutrition, recreation and more.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.

What is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)- (PDF)

Find out how a lactation consultant can help you breastfeed your baby.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

International Lactation Consultant Association