Becoming a mother is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. This section of womenshealth.gov will help you learn what you can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give your baby a healthy start to life.
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- Birth control methods
- Depression during and after pregnancy
- Emergency contraception (Emergency birth control)
- Female genital cutting
- Folic acid
- Menstruation and the menstrual cycle
- Ovarian cysts
- Pap test
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pregnancy and medicines
- Pregnancy tests
- Prenatal care
- Uterine fibroids
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – Pregnant women and mothers can check to see if they are eligible for WIC benefits.
- The Affordable Care Act – Pregnant women have more protections and options. Learn more from healthcare.gov.
- Text4Baby – Sign up to receive free text messages each week, timed to your due date or baby's date of birth.
- What Pregnant Women Should Know About Flu – If you are pregnant, you should get vaccinated against flu as soon as possible. You need only one vaccine to be fully protected during the 2010-2011 flu season. This year's seasonal flu vaccine includes protection from the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. Pregnant women should not receive the nasal-spray flu vaccine. Learn more from flu.gov.
- National Breastfeeding Helpline – Our trained breastfeeding peer counselors can help answer basic breastfeeding questions. Call us at 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) today!
Healthy Pregnancy was reviewed March 2009 by:
John W. Schmitt, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Virginia Medical School
Content last updated September 27, 2010.
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