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During Pregnancy

Pregnant womanCongratulations! You're pregnant!


Pregnancy is a special time for you and your family. There is much to learn about your changing body and your growing baby, and the things that you can do to help make your pregnancy healthy and enjoyable.

While pregnant there are many changes that occur, both physical and emotional. Our goal is to provide you with support both during and after pregnancy.

You probably have many questions (especially if this is your first pregnancy) and are wondering what to expect and how best to stay healthy during this important time. We are here to help. Most of the changes that you will experience are normal and natural, and this section will help you learn what to expect. It will also give you the information you need to decide if something is not going right so that you can call your provider if needed.

We hope you find the information in this section helpful. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Caring for Yourself During Pregnancy
» When to Call Your Provider
» Feeling Pregnant
» Eating Well
    • Listeriosis
    • Fish and mercury
» Staying Fit During Pregnancy
» Normal Discomforts During Pregnancy
» Medication Use During Pregnancy
» Questions You May Have
Pregnancy Medical Care Other Things to Prepare For
» Pregnancy Checklist: Tests You Need Along the Way
    • Prenatal tests
    • 2-hour glucose test
    • Full fetal survey
    • HIV information for women
» Childbirth Education and Tours
    • Drop-in childbirth classes
    • Prenatal breastfeeding classes
» Video Tour of Labor & Delivery
» Parenting e-mail registration
» Picking a pediatrician
Delivering Your Baby
» When to call: In labor
» What if I need a Cesarean (c-section) delivery?
» Preventing Infections: For new moms, families, and their visitors

All of the information in this section is designed to give you basic knowledge about the first months of your pregnancy. Please use this as a general guide, and always remember that no two women and no two pregnancies are exactly the same. Your obstetric provider is the best source of health information that is just right for you and your baby, so talk with your provider about anything that concerns you, and ask any questions that you may have.

This material was prepared by clinicians from the departments of nursing, obstetrics and gynecology, physical therapy, and nutrition at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475

Becoming Parents: A Workshop for Expectant Couples

Using a combination of informative discussion and exercises, this workshop focuses on helping couples prepare the most important "home" for their baby, the couple relationship.


Topics cover the realities of life with a newborn and strategies for managing the 4th trimester as a couple.


For more information please contact Christine Sweeney at 617-667-2229 (BABY) or csweeney@bidmc.harvard.edu.