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  • Changes in mom during pregnancy

    When you are pregnant your body must change in many ways to support your baby’s growth. Changes in hormones, body structure, and the baby’s growth may cause some unpleasant symptoms. Many of these symptoms are very normal and can be managed at home, but if they become severe or you become worried it is never wrong to call the […]

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  • Chickenpox and Pregnancy

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version What is chickenpox? Caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Most common in children and usually mild; however, when adults get it, they can be very sick. What are the signs and symptoms? Chickenpox begins with a fever, tiredness loss of appetite or headache followed in a day or two by a very itchy […]

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  • Common Tests During Pregnancy

    At your first prenatal visit your doctor will recommend that you complete many tests to see if there are any risks to yourself or the baby. Many of these tests are offered to all pregnant women. There are many tests that can be done during pregnancy to check on the baby and yourself. Your doctor will offer the […]

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  • Fetal Development

    The First Trimester During the first trimester, or the first three months of pregnancy, your baby begins to develop all of its organs and systems. In the first 3 months your baby is very sensitive to the things that your body provides him or her with. Any exposure to teratogens while you are pregnant, and especially during these […]

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  • Fifth disease and pregnancy

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version What is Fifth Disease? Fifth Disease is caused by a virus called Parvovirus B19. It is a mild rash illness that occurs most commonly in children. It can be a concern for pregnant women, people with blood disorders, and people who have problems with their immune system. If a pregnant woman becomes […]

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  • Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby

    Eating healthy is important long before pregnancy to make sure that right from the beginning a mother’s body can meet the demands of her developing baby. Canada’s Food Guide is designed to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy. Every day eat a variety of foods from each of the four food groups. In the second […]

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  • Infections and Pregnancy

    Infections during pregnancy can cause severe illness in a mother and also put her unborn baby at risk. For most women there is very little cause for concern. Women are often exposed to infections at a much younger age and therefore have immunity. Note: It is not recommended that all pregnant women exclude themselves from […]

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  • Men's Health Before Pregnancy

    You can improve your chances of becoming a father if you take care of yourself. Starting a few months before you and your partner try to get pregnant, you should: Stop or cut back on smoking and drinking alcohol Stop using illegal drugs Eat a nutritious diet and lose weight if needed Minimize stress Avoid […]

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  • Oral Health and Pregnancy

    Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy has many benefits for you and your baby. Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. Some of these can affect the health of your gums and teeth: Taking care of your oral health is always a good idea. If you are pregnant it is important to remember […]

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  • Physical Activity During Pregnancy

    PDF/Printer friendly version Get the Green Light First! There was a time when pregnant women were encouraged to avoid physical activity. Fortunately, attitudes towards pregnancy have changed and medical experts now recommend regular physical activity as part of a healthy pregnancy (Government of Canada, 2007). Talk to your health care provider before starting or continuing […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! Below you will find resources to help you stay healthy during your pregnancy and beyond. Read information on the Health Unit’s prenatal classes and how to register. Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy This information will help you determine the recommended weight gain during pregnancy that is healthy for you and your baby. […]

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  • Pregnancy Testing & Options

    Are you Pregnant? It is important to find out if you are pregnant. It allows you more time to make the right decision for you. If you do a home pregnancy test, make sure you get it confirmed with your health care provider. If you are not pregnant, and you don’t want to be pregnant, […]

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  • Prenatal Care

    It is very important for every woman to have good care during pregnancy. This can be with a doctor or a midwife. During visits they will check for problems that may be starting. Most women go through pregnancy with no problems at all. Your doctor or midwife will also answer your questions. Most women have […]

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  • Rubella (German Measles) and Pregnancy

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version Who is most at risk? The Rubella virus causes a mild illness in pregnant mothers but could cause severe problems for a developing baby known as Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS). An unborn child is most at risk of developing CRS if the mother is infected with Rubella in the first four months […]

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  • Sex during pregnancy

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body is going through many changes. These changes may affect how a woman feels sexually. Is having sex going to hurt my baby? No, if you are having a normal, healthy pregnancy, sex is safe during all stages of pregnancy. I am not very interested […]

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  • Therapeutic Abortion

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  • Working During Pregnancy

    If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, it is important to look into how your work may affect your health and the health of your unborn baby. Most women continue to work during their pregnancy. However, some women are required to stop working or need to change to a different type of work during their pregnancy.

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