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During Pregnancy

A mother's health is important for both the mother and baby during and after pregnancy. Here are some tips when you get pregnant.

  • Find a health care provider who cares about you and follow all appointment schedules and advice. WebMD can help you find a provider that’s right for you.
  • Many moms-to-be need extra help and support when they are pregnant. Ask your provider or check with your local health department to find out if you're eligible for a support program or home-visiting service, like the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Maternal Infant Health Program, Healthy Start, etc.
  • Continue with healthy eating, exercise, and taking prenatal vitamins as prescribed by your doctor. Read about pregnancy nutrition from March of Dimes.
  • Plan to breastfeed — it's better for baby's health, and it costs less too. Get breastfeeding advice from Women's Health.
  • Learn about your body and the changes your body is going through while you are pregnant and what to expect during delivery. Read the Michigan Department of Community Health’s healthy hints for pregnant women.
  • Continue being alcohol, smoke and drug free. Only take medications that have been approved by your doctor. Learn about risk factors from alcohol and substance abuse during pregnancy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UCSF Medical Center.
  • If, you feel stressed, very distressed, anxious, sad, overwhelmed, or that "something is not right" tell your doctor. Find out if it could be depression. Depression is treatable. Don't feel like you're the only person that has felt this way. Learn more from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about depression during and after pregnancy.

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