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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

Gestational Diabetes Screening: Questions for the Doctor

Use these questions to start a conversation with your doctor or midwife about screening for gestational diabetes.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

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

Have a Healthy Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, get important prenatal tests and see your doctor or midwife regularly. Women who get prenatal care have healthier babies.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

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

Natural Pregnancy Questions & Midwifery Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about midwifery and natural home childbirth.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Midwives Alliance of North America

Pregnancy and Hepatitis B: Frequently Asked Questions

This site provides important information related to Hepatitis B and pregnant women. Included are questions to ask the doctor, information about tests, vaccinations, breast feeding, labor and delivery guidelines, and more.

Review Date: June 20, 2012

Hepatitis B Foundation

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

Pregnancy Know-How Quiz

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about pregnancy health.

Review Date: October 29, 2014

Office on Women's Health

Pregnancy-Planning Education Program

Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant? There are steps you can take for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Air Travel During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Generally, commercial air travel during pregnancy is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies. Still, if you're pregnant, it's best to check with your health care provider before you fly.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

Learn why pregnant women should not drink alcohol at any time during pregnancy.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

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

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Physician Directory

Search this directory to find an obstetrician-gynecologist in your area.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Amniocentesis: March of Dimes

Amniocentesis is the most common prenatal test used to rule out certain birth defects and genetic disorders. The decision to have amniocentesis requires careful planning and thoughtful discussion with your family and doctor.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Are You Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption?

Are you pregnant and not sure that you are ready or able to raise your child? If so, you might be thinking about placing your baby for adoption. This factsheet gives you information about adoption, and directs you to resources in your community.

Review Date: March 14, 2013

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Before You Get Pregnant: Information for All Women

Take a moment to learn what you can do now to make sure any future pregnancies are planned and healthy.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

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

Center Locator - Birthright International

Birthright helps any girl or woman who feels distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. To locate the office nearest you, enter your zip code in the location search tool.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Birthright International

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Learn how to control your blood sugar before and during pregnancy to help prevent birth defects and other poor outcomes, such as miscarriages or stillbirths.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

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

Drinking and Your Pregnancy- (PDF)

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can hurt your baby and can cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Find answers to common questions you may have about alcohol and drinking while you are pregnant.

Review Date: February 28, 2013

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - NIAAA

Episiotomy: When It's Needed, When It's Not

An episiotomy is an incision made in the perineum during childbirth. Although an episiotomy was once a routine part of childbirth, that's no longer the case. Count on your health care provider to respect your wishes about episiotomy, and to let you know when it's the safest option for you or your baby.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Exploring Birth Options

Watch these videos to explore your birth options.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Midwives Alliance of North America

Fact or Fiction: Pregnancy Prevention

There are so many myths about preventing pregnancy. These videos set the record straight.

Review Date: April 05, 2012

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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

Food Don'ts for Pregnant Women- (PDF)

Follow these food facts to help keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

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

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. This page contains a food-by-food guide to selecting, preparing, and eating foods safely.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Gestational Diabetes

Learn how you can prevent pregnancy complications by following your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you're planning your pregnancy.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

American Diabetes Association

Getting Ready for Baby

Read this information to help get ready for the arrival of your new baby.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

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

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

Healthy Pregnancy: Do’s and Don’ts- (PDF)

Pregnant women are bombarded with Do’s and Don’ts. Use this list to keep it all straight.

Review Date: February 22, 2012

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

Healthy Roads Media: Listing of All Topics (Videos)

Find short videos on topics ranging from abuse to tuberculosis. Many are available in multiple languages including Spanish, French, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, Somali and Vietnamese.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Healthy Roads Media

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

HIV Testing and Pregnancy- (PDF)

Learn why it’s important to get tested for HIV when you are pregnant.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

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

March of Dimes

March of Dimes provides information on planning a pregnancy, and on prenatal and postnatal care.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that some women experience when they become pregnant. This web page offers tips to help pregnant women to reduce these unpleasant symptoms.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Mother of Supertwins (MOST) Family Support Forums

MOST offers a variety of online support forums for participants to post multiple birth related questions and receive responses from other parents of triplets or more.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

MOST (Mothers of Supertwins)

MyPlate.gov - Daily Food Plan for Moms

When pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. Enter your information to get your Daily Food Plan for Moms including the foods and amounts that are right for you.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

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

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

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

Preeclampsia: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy that can be fatal if not diagnosed and managed.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Preeclampsia Foundation

Pregnancy & Prenatal Testing

Prenatal tests performed during pregnancy screen for and diagnose any existing problems that may affect the mother’s or baby’s health so doctors can identify and address problems as they arise.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Pregnancy After Age 35

Most healthy women from age 35 into their 40s have healthy pregnancies. Learn how good prenatal care and healthy habits can help you reduce certain risks.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Pregnancy and Diabetes: Why Lifestyle Counts

Pregnancy and diabetes presents unique challenges. Consider the goal, tight blood sugar control, and what you can do to achieve it.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Pregnancy and Thyroid Disease

Pregnancy causes normal changes in thyroid function but can also lead to thyroid disease. Find out why it is important for pregnant women to have their thyroid hormone levels checked.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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 Options

If you are pregnant, you have three options to think about — abortion, adoption, and parenting. Reading and learning about each one will help you get the facts.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Pregnancy, Nursing and the Safe Use of OTC Medicines (Video)

This brief video provides pregnant and nursing mothers with tips on using over-the-counter medicines safely. The tips include advice on treating common ailments experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, heartburn, nausea, colds and allergies.

Review Date: October 16, 2012

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Pregnancy: Keeping Fit

Read about the benefits of physical activity during pregnancy.

Review Date: February 20, 2012

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

Pregnancy: Should I Use a Seat Belt?

Wearing your seat belt protects you and your baby from injury or death in a car crash. You should wear a seat belt no matter where you sit in the car.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

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

Pregnant Women and Flu Risk

Changes to a pregnant woman’s immune system can make her more sensitive to the flu. Find out how to protect yourself, and your unborn child, from the flu.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Pregnant? Don't Smoke!

Find out what smoking can do to you and your baby during pregnancy.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

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

Preventing FASD: Healthy Women, Healthy Babies- (PDF)

FASD is 100% preventable. Read about the three main approaches to preventing FASD.

Review Date: August 20, 2012

SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence

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

STDs & Pregnancy

STDs can be passed from a pregnant woman to the baby before, during, or after the birth. Learn what you can do to protect your baby against infection.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

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

Ten Healthy Pregnancy Tips

Important advice for mothers-to-be on maintaining a healthy pregnancy through sensible food choices, mental health and other healthy behavior choices..

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Lamaze International

Toxoplasmosis in Pregnancy

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that can threaten the health of an unborn child. Read these tips to help you avoid exposure to toxoplasma during your pregnancy.

Review Date: November 28, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

What Foods Provide Folate?

Folate helps produce and maintain new cells which is especially important during infancy and pregnancy. Check out the list of foods with this important nutrient.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS

When to Call the Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms during your pregnancy.

Review Date: February 22, 2012

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