Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I eat now that I’m pregnant?

A: It’s important to make healthy choices now that you’re pregnant. You should try to eat foods from each of the five food groups every day. (grains, vegetables, fruits, milk products, and proteins). It is also important to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals to help your baby healthy, which usually means taking a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid. Keep in mind that most women only need an extra 300 calories per day while they are pregnant (one fig bar and a glass of skim milk will provide these calories), though the exact number of calories you need depends on your weight before you got pregnant.

There are also certain foods you should avoid while pregnant because they could cause harm to your baby. The March of Dimes recommends avoiding unpasteurized milk or juice; soft cheeses like feta and brie; unheated deli meats and hot dogs; refrigerated, smoked seafood; and undercooked poultry, meat or seafood.

Eating and Nutrition: Eating the Right Foods for You and Your Baby (March of Dimes)

For more information on healthy eating during pregnancy visit the USDA’s website or visit our information sections to learn more on Newborn/Infant Care  or Health Care.



Q. Should I stop smoking now that I'm pregnant?

A: Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby’s health before, during and after your baby is born. If you do smoke while pregnant it will lower the amount of oxygen available to you and your growing baby. It can increase your baby’s heart rate, and increase your chances of miscarriage and stillbirth.  Your baby will have a higher rate of having birth defects, respiratory problems, and an increased risk for SIDS. There is no safe level of smoking while pregnant.


Cigarette smoking while pregnant.

For more information on the negative effects of smoking while pregnant visit the CDC’s website. For help with quitting smoking visit our information sections or our smoking cessation resources.



Q: Is it okay to drink during my last trimester of pregnancy?

A. Alcohol is not safe to drink in any amount during anytime during your pregnancy or while trying to conceive. Any amount of alcohol that a mother consumes before or during pregnancy can have negative long-term effects on the baby known as, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). These difficulties will be life-long and can range from physical deformities, to difficulty with attention, speech and language delays, intellectual disabilities, and much more.
For more information on the negative effects of alcohol consumption while pregnant visit the CDC’s website. For help with recovering from alcohol and substance abuse visit our information sections or our preventative alcohol usage resources.


Q. Why do I feel so sad and disconnect towards my baby?

A. Feeling depressed, disconnected, and having anxiety towards your baby after birth is known as postpartum depression (PPD). It can cause you to feel very anxious, sad, or exhausted, which can make it difficult to care for their baby or themselves. Some symptoms of PPD are: feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, worrying or feeling very anxious, oversleeping, experiencing anger or rage, and having trouble bonding with the baby. PPD affects about 10-15% of women who give birth every year. PPD can be treated through counseling, family and friend support, and medication.
For more information on postpartum depression and how to seek treatment for it visit our information sections or our PPD resources.