Taking Care of Your Oral Health When You Are Pregnant

It is important for pregnant women to take care of their oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy foods, and getting oral health care help keep a woman’s mouth and teeth healthy during pregnancy.

Services for Pregnant Women and Expectant Families

Early Head Start staff support pregnant mothers and expectant families by ensuring they have an ongoing, continuous source of health care. Staff can also help them access comprehensive services. These services may include prenatal education, appropriate nutrition, oral health care, mental health supports, substance misuse treatment and prevention, and emergency housing or shelter, particularly in situations where domestic violence is occurring. In addition, programs must schedule a newborn home visit within two weeks of the infant's birth to offer support and identify family needs.

Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is good for both the mother and her baby. Use this information to help increase awareness of healthy eating habits during pregnancy.

A Healthy Baby Begins with You

The "A Healthy Baby Begins with You" campaign works to reduce infant deaths among African-American babies. Learn tips on how African American women may stay healthy before, during, and after their pregnancy.

How Lifestyle Affects Breast Milk: Smoking, Drugs, and Alcohol

A woman’s lifestyle may affect her breast milk, and have an impact on the baby. During breastfeeding, it is important for a woman not to consume alcohol, smoke, or take drugs.  These substances are known to pass through the breast milk. This information can help mothers to understand better about the consequences of smoking, using drugs, and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.