Congratulations! Becoming a mom is one of the most rewarding things you may ever do, but it’s also the most challenging. We have put together some helpful information that can help you keep the stress low and still keep the happiness and excitement high.

Healthy Body

Taking care of your health can help reduce complications during pregnancy. So can being informed and prepared. Know what to do and what to expect. Whether it’s creating a Birth Plan, understanding the benefits of breastfeeding or realizing the signs of preterm labor, the more you know, the better off you’ll be.

Healthy Environment

Your surroundings play a big role in your health and that of your baby. Learn more about how to avoid toxins, hazards and conditions that could hurt you and your child.

Household chemicals, radiation, high heat and stress can harm your developing baby. Exposure to pet waste can cause birth defects. Be sure to always use gloves when caring for your pets, and wash your hands regularly.

Find additional information on hazards in the home at the bottom of the page.

Healthy Mind

Your emotional and mental health impact the physical health of both you and your baby.

Some stress is completely normal. But being under constant stress can affect your baby long after he or she is born. Stress can lead to small changes in your baby’s brain as well as early delivery of your baby. Pregnancy is a naturally stressful time. So try not to add any more stresses into your life.

Your Birth Plan

Be prepared for childbirth. Know what to expect and plan for the type of pain management and labor support your partner will want. Things don’t always go according to plan. Your Birth Plan will help you make good decisions if other plans need to change.