Pregnancy is an exciting time for women, but it can also be a time filled with anxiety and worry. Being as healthy as possible during pregnancy will allow you to grow a healthy baby. Here's some information to help you on your journey.
Our prenatal classes cover a variety of topics from pregnancy and birth to newborn care. These classes can be completed online. Topics include:
Register for a prenatal class:
Meet one-on-one with a public health nurse before having your baby.
Niagara Region Public Health has partnered with West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Niagara Health to offer patients delivering in Niagara the opportunity to meet with a public health nurse before they have their baby. During this appointment, expectant parents can:
Talk to your doctor / midwife about making an appointment or call / text us at 289-968-7841.
See your primary care provider as early as possible in your pregnancy. If you don't have a doctor, find a family doctor accepting new patients in Niagara. Make arrangements with your primary care provider for prenatal care either with them, an obstetrician, or a midwife.
Women are encouraged to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy to build a healthy baby. A balanced diet during pregnancy will also help establish a proper amount of weight gain.
Healthy from the Start is a group prenatal program for eligible expectant parents, delivered in partnership with Strive Niagara.
The program provides healthy lifestyle and nutrition information for pregnant women and their support people. It offers:
Weekly drop-in programs and services are available in St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Fort Erie. Due to COVID-19, the program is currently online through Zoom.
For more information or to register, connect with Alicia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-714-0227 ext. 234.
Regular physical activity during pregnancy can help maintain body weight, reduce stress levels, help with sleeping, and build strength for labour and delivery. Talk to your health care provider about your physical activity routine and learn more about being active during your pregnancy.
Consuming alcohol and drugs at any time during pregnancy can cause brain damage and birth defects. It's important to try and stop using before becoming pregnant. Damage to the baby can occur very early in pregnancy, before most women even know they're pregnant.
Smoking tobacco may put you at risk of having a miscarriage or low birth weight baby. A low birth weight baby may suffer serious health problems which may follow them into adulthood.
It's best to stop smoking before becoming pregnant and make your home and car smoke-free. For help with quitting smoking visit Smoker’s Helpline or call Niagara Region Public Health's Tobacco Hotline at 905-688-8248 ext. 7393.
Many prescription medications are safe during pregnancy. However, some are not. Check with your health care provider or pharmacist before taking any medications while pregnant.
Pregnancy can be an exciting time for women, but it can also trigger feelings of depression or anxiety. It's important to monitor your mental wellness, and speak to your health care provider if you're not feeling like yourself.
A regular pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. During this time your body will experience changes and your baby will experience many stages of growth. Learn about what to expect during pregnancy.
The idea of labour and birth can be scary for a first time mom. There are many unknowns about what to expect. Online resources and talking with your health care provider can help you answer many of the questions about how you'll meet your baby.
Find out what vaccines you may need before, during and after your pregnancy.