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Maternal health

Having a healthy pregnancy starts with caring for you. And we’re here to help connect you to the info you need. From pregnancy to birth — and supporting you after your baby is here. These resources are here to guide you every step of the way.  

Resources for a healthy pregnancy

Resources for a healthy pregnancy

Nervous? Excited? Uncertain? Or all of the above? Finding out you’re pregnant can make you feel a wide range of emotions. Here, you’ll find the support and information you need to better prepare and give you and your baby the healthiest start.

Helpful tips for a healthy pregnancy

Conversations for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond

Understanding high-risk pregnancies

Understanding high-risk pregnancies

All pregnancies carry risks. A “high-risk” pregnancy is any pregnancy that carries increased health risks for the mother, the baby or both. People with high-risk pregnancies may need extra care before, during and after they give birth. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, you can learn more about how to keep it as healthy as possible.


Preterm (early) labor is labor that starts before 37 weeks of pregnancy. It can cause an earlier birth, which may lead to health problems that can affect the baby. 


Who is at risk?

Any pregnant woman can have preterm labor. It may start for no reason, but you’re at a higher risk if you:

  • Are carrying more than one baby (twins, triplets or more) 

  • Have had preterm labor or an early birth in the past  

  • Use drugs or alcohol while pregnant 

  • Smoke or use other forms of nicotine while pregnant 

  • Have bleeding during pregnancy

You can reduce your risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects by:

  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding drugs and alcohol
  • Understanding your potential health risks before getting pregnant (tell your doctor about your personal and family medical history)
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight before pregnancy
  • Managing any preexisting health conditions you may have
  • Planning pregnancies between the ages of 18 and 34


Breastfeeding and pumping support

Breastfeeding and pumping support

The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. You deserve support no matter how you decide to feed your baby. Learning all you can before you give birth can help.


If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll want to empty your breasts regularly. You can do that by feeding or using a breast pump. This prevents your breasts from becoming full and painful. Many people find it helpful to use a breast pump. Learn more about breastfeeding

You can pump breast milk when it works for you. Then your baby can get the best nutrition, no matter what your schedule. A breast pump also gives other family members the chance to feed and bond with your baby. 

More info for you and baby

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