Keeping baby and you healthy
Making healthy choices in pregnancy gives you the best chance of having a healthy baby. Eating well, getting regular physical activity, seeing your health care providers (including your dentist!) and having a strong support system are all important to having the healthiest pregnancy possible.
Get your copy of Our Special Journey: Pregnancy Passport a booklet developed by Perinatal Services BC in partnership with the Ministry of Health and health authorities from your health car provider. The Pregnancy Passport includes health information and a convenient a place to record check-ups and tests.
Consider immunizations before, during and after your pregnancy. Before you are pregnant, make sure all of your immunizations are up-to-date. During pregnancy it is recommended that you get a flu shot during flu season. After pregnancy, catch up on any missing immunizations.
Learn more about immunizations and your baby – immunization is the only way to protect against certain diseases, and start when baby is 2 months old.
In addition to the information you find here, you may also want to have a look at the Healthy Families BC website, where you can learn more about:
• Healthy eating
• Your physical health
• Dental care
• Alcohol use in pregnancy
• Smoking and second-hand smoke during pregnancy
• Medication use in pregnancy
• Coping with stress
• Depression and anxiety
• Coping with domestic abuse
You can learn more about the prenatal services VCH offers by calling 1.855.550.2229 to talk to a public health nurse.
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