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Maternal Care

Planning a Pregnancy

Want to be sure you're as healthy as possible before you get pregnant?  

Here's an overview of things to consider, including advice on healthy eating and physical activity.

BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program

Prenatal genetic screening can tell a pregnant woman her chance of having a baby with Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or an open neural tube defect. It is offered free of charge as a choice to all pregnant women with MSP coverage in BC.

Back pain during pregnancy: 7 tips for relief

Back pain during pregnancy isn't surprising, but it still deserves attention. Consider seven ways to relieve back pain during pregnancy — from good posture and physical activity to complementary therapies.

Sleep during pregnancy: Follow these tips

Having a hard time getting sleep during pregnancy? Understand why you're feeling fatigued and strategies for minimizing discomfort and sleep disturbances.

Pregnancy weight gain: What's healthy?

From promoting your baby's development to paving the way for post-pregnancy weight loss, here's why pregnancy weight gain matters.

Is it safe to fly during pregnancy?

Generally, commercial air travel before week 36 of pregnancy is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies. Still, if you're pregnant, check with your health care provider before you fly.

What causes leg cramps during pregnancy, and can they be prevented?

Leg cramps — painful involuntary muscle contractions that typically affect the calf, foot or both — are common during pregnancy, often striking at night during the second and third trimesters.

Sex during pregnancy: What's OK, what's not

Has pregnancy spiked your interest in sex? Or is sex the last thing on your mind? Either way, here's what you need to know about sex during pregnancy.

Breast Feeding: Getting Started and Feeding Cues

If this is your first time breastfeeding, it may take some practice before you feel confident. 

Here are some tips to get you off to a good start - and to help you prevent or overcome common breastfeeding challenges. 

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