Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy and reduce complications. Additionally, following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and avoiding exposure to potentially harmful substances such as lead, radiation, tobacco smoke, and alcohol can help reduce the risk of pregnancy and fetus complications.

Pregnancy can bring a range of emotions. In fact, may women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at difficult times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for some time. One in four women experience mental health problems during their pregnancy. Depression and anxiety are the most commonly reported disorders. 

Depression and anxiety that happen during pregnancy, or anytime during the first year after the birth of your baby, are medical conditions. These feelings are not something you caused by doing or not doing something and they can be treated if you seek help. 

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Courtesy: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Please remember this information is intended for educational purposes only and should not substitute medical advice from a healthcare provider.