Pregnancy is a special time in a woman's life, when she is dealing with changes in her own body and starting to think about incorporating a new baby into her family. A healthy pregnancy has a lasting influence on the well-being of a woman, her infant and future children, and her family and community.
With the support of their partners, families and communities, women can achieve a healthy lifestyle before, during and after pregnancy. This lifestyle would include positive relationships, good strategies for dealing with stress, a healthy diet with a daily supplement of folic acid, regular physical activity, and avoidance of tobacco and recreational drugs. It is also safer for women to avoid alcohol during pregnancy, as we don't know enough about how much alcohol is safe for pregnant women.
Health Canada works with First Nations and Inuit communities toward building their capacity to empower parents to maintain and improve the health of their children and themselves. This is accomplished through community-based programs such as the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, as well as the prevention and early intervention focussed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Program.
If you are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, visit our Healthy Living section for information on how to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy.
Information is also available on how to create and maintain a baby's healthy development during the first years of life.
The Healthy Pregnancy campaign for First Nations and Inuit includes a resource with information on what you can do for a healthy pregnancy; posters to put up in your community; and radio advertisements which are playing on Aboriginal radio stations . The First Nations resources are available in English and French, while the Inuit resources are in English and Inuktitut.
Pregnancy is a special time for you, your family and your community. The choices you make before and during pregnancy can affect the health of your baby now and in the future.
The Our Community Supports Healthy Pregnancies resource has some great tips on staying healthy during your pregnancy, including:
Access the healthy pregnancy audio files of our radio ads to listen to some discussions about making healthy choices during pregnancy. The transcripts are also available in text format for you to read.