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Healthy Pregnancy
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Pregnant mother holding bellyCongratulations! Becoming a mother is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. Whether you're dreaming of motherhood, trying to conceive or already pregnant, you've come to the right place. This section of the NWHIC web site was made especially for you!

Pregnancy can be a joyous time. But it also can be a time of uncertainty and worry. Getting informed is the first step in keeping yourself and your baby healthy. Read on to find out about the changes and challenges of the next nine months.

Trying to Get Pregnant?

Whether you're just dreaming of motherhood, are already trying, or have had problems conceiving, this is the place for you.


Congratulations, you're pregnant. Now what? How much weight should I gain? What should I eat? Can I exercise? Get answers to these questions and more.


The air you breathe and the food you eat can affect your baby. Learn more about the environment and what you can do to protect your baby.

Getting Ready for Baby

Find out how to prepare for parenthood. Get tips on choosing a doctor for your baby, buying a car seat, baby-proofing your home and more.

Childbirth and Beyond

Get the low-down on labor and pain relief. Find out about the shots, tests and other procedures your newborn will receive right after birth. And learn how to care for yourself and the baby in the first precious few weeks.

Mom-to-be Tools

Chart your basal body temperature. Calculate your due date. Print our handy fish facts guide. Use these quizzes, calculators, lists and print-and-go guides during and after pregnancy.

Adoption and Foster Care

Considering adoption or foster care? Our resources can help you get started on this special journey into motherhood.

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