Tips for Healthy Pregnancy
A healthy pregnancy has a lasting influence on a child’s health and development. Help families get a head start during pregnancy. Discover resources your Head Start or Early Head Start (EHS) program can use to serve and engage expectant families. Topics include what to expect during pregnancy, infant care, and the transition to parenthood.
Importance of Pregnancy
Dental Health check ups
It is recommended that expectant mothers receive a dental exam every 6 months and they are responsible for providing a copy of this exam to the Early Head Start Office and completing all follow-up appointments.
If you are having difficulty obtaining a copy of your exam, please notify the Family Resource Specialist at your campus and we will work with you to get one.
Flu vaccination is safe during pregnancy.
- Flu shots have been given to millions of pregnant women over several decades with a good safety record.
- Pregnant women should get a flu shot; NOT the live attenuated vaccine (LAIV or nasal spray).
- Postpartum women, even if they are breastfeeding, can receive either type of vaccine.
- There is a lot of evidence to show that flu shots can be safely given to women during pregnancy. CDC and ACIP recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated during any trimester of their pregnancy.
Diabetes Risks and Prevention
PRESS PLAY TO LISTEN TO THIS CDC PODCAST. GESTATIONAL DIABETES HAPPENS IN A WOMAN WHO DEVELOPS DIABETES DURING PREGNANCY. THIS PODCAST DISCUSSES ITS POTENTIAL EFFECTS AND ACTION STEPS TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS.