WIC in Vermont

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Pregnancy

Start your prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant. Getting regular checkups with your health care provider will help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. If you need help finding a doctor, call your WIC office and they can offer assistance. Eating well during pregnancy is just one way to help give your baby a good start in life. The WIC program is here to help you.

Thinking Ahead

It's not too early to start thinking about how you will feed your baby. For most babies, breastfeeding is the healthiest choice. Breast milk is very nutritious and easy for babies to digest. In addition, breastfed babies are healthier and are less likely to have allergies, colds, ear infections, diarrhea, and some other sicknesses. Talk to your doctor or your WIC nutritionist now about breastfeeding -the best choice for you and your baby.

Eating for Two

When you are pregnant, in a way you really do need to eat for two. Eating a variety of healthy foods will give you what you need for your baby's healthy growth and development.

Healthy Weight Gain

Gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy is good for you and your baby and can make it easier to lose the weight after your baby is born.

Staying Active

Regular physical activity like walking, swimming, and yoga keeps your body moving to help you stay fit during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Discomforts

Some of the common complaints during pregnancy include morning sickness, heartburn, and
constipation. There are some things you can do to lessen these discomforts.

Keep your Baby Safe

Smoking, alcohol, medications and other drugs can be very dangerous for your baby. If you need help to stop smoking, or using alcohol, or other drugs during your pregnancy, talk with someone who can help, such as your doctor, WIC office, or other healthcare provider.

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