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Folic Acid is a B vitamin. It is very important for women who are pregnant or could become pregnant to take this supplement. 

During pregnancy, your baby gets most of his or her food from the foods you eat and vitamins you take. Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) are an important family of building blocks needed during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant soon, you will want to pay special attention to your health. Keep this handout on your refrigerator to help you take care of yourself.

How much weight you should gain depends on how much you weighed before you got pregnant. Women who weigh less need to gain more. Women who weigh more need to gain less. The amount of weight you need to gain ranges from 11 to 40 pounds depending on your prepregnancy weight.

Read this document to learn what you need to know about normal, healthy childbirth for women and families. 

Skin-to-skin contact, also called “kangaroo care,” is when your baby is placed on your chest aft er birth instead of being wrapped in a blanket and placed in a crib or incubator (warmer).

 Learn about delaying the umbilical cord clamping in this article.

At the time of birth, babies are exposed to the GBS bacteria if it is present in the vagina, which can result in pneumonia or a blood infection. Learn more about Group B Strep in this article.

The very best way to protect your baby is to have the Tdap vaccine each time you are pregnant. Th e best time for the vaccine is between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

A miscarriage is the early loss of a pregnancy.  Learn more about miscarriage in this article.

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