So you're going to have a baby! Whether you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you will want to give your baby a healthy start.

You need to have regular visits with your healthcare provider. These prenatal care visits are very important for your baby and yourself. Some things you might do when you are pregnant could hurt your baby, such as smoking or drinking. Some medicines can also be a problem, even ones that a doctor prescribed. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet. In early pregnancy, you may get morning sickness, or nausea. You may also be tired and need more rest.

Your body will change as your baby grows during the nine months of your pregnancy. Don't hesitate to call your health care provider if something is bothering or worrying you.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

March of Dimes
This site provides information about preparing for pregnancy, what happens during pregnancy, complications, preterm labor, labor and delivery, tips for dads, birth defects and genetics, newborn and pregnancy loss, premature babies and more.

A service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus provides information about medical care before and during pregnancy, nutrition, risk factors, specific conditions and more. The website also offers a variety of links to other sites that provide subject-specific information.

Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic provides information on planning and preparing for pregnancy, pregnancy calendars, diet and exercise, complications on pregnancy and childbirth, labor and delivery, breast-feeding, access to experts, articles on specific issues and more.

Local Resources

Salud Family Health Center
Salud Family Health Center operates a family medical clinic in north Fort Collins. The site is a federally qualified health center, and all patients are eligible for an "ability to pay" discount based on family size and income, which is determined when the patient registers at the clinic. Salud is also a site for enrollment in both Medicaid and CHP+.

Family Medicine Center, UCHealth
Family Medicine Center is home to the Poudre Valley Prenatal Program, which provides healthcare before, during and after pregnancy to northern Larimer County's low-income women.

Nurse-Family Partnership Program, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment
This is an excellent resource for pregnant women in Larimer County. The program helps women improve their health behaviors and identifies emerging obstetrical problems and access to treatment of those problems before they become more serious. The program also works to improve children's health and development by increasing parenting skills. Finally, the program helps participating families increase their economic self-sufficiency.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about pregnancy and babies, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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