Start your prenatal care as soon as you know you are pregnant to help have a healthy pregnancy and baby. If you need help finding a health care provider, call your Local Health Office. The WIC Program is here to help you during your pregnancy – find out if you’re eligible and how to apply You may also be eligible for your own experienced nurse to answer questions about pregnancy, birth and after birth and to help support you and your baby's health and development at no cost to you.  

If you are an educator or provider looking for resources, please see the Resources for Educators and Providers page.


Caring for Yourself During Pregnancy
Eat Healthy
  • Eating a variety of nourishing foods at regular meals and snacks will help you be healthy and support your baby’s growth and development.  

  • Eat foods you enjoy in moderation and avoid foods that upset your stomach. Talk to your health care provider or WIC nutritionist about finding healthy substitutes for foods can’t eat.  

  • If you crave non-food items (like ice, detergent or soil), let your doctor know.  

  • Check with your health care provider for recommendations about prenatal vitamins.  

  • It is best to limit caffeine in pregnancy to 2-3 cups of caffeinated beverages per day. Try water, or fruit juice mixed with seltzer as a refreshing substitute.  

  • Try to avoid artificial sweeteners during pregnancy.  

Talk with Your Health Care Provider
  • Weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy to support the growth and development of your baby. Your health care provider or WIC nutritionist can help support healthy weight gain during pregnancy. 

  • Staying active helps support physical, mental and emotional health. Talk to your provider about what level of activity is right for you. 

  • Talk to your health care provider about any pregnancy discomfort (like morning sickness, heartburn and constipation) for tips on how to handle these symptoms. 

  • Continue to see your dentist, brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.   

  • Talk to your health care provider about using prescription, over the counter and herbal medications.  

  • There is no known safe amount of alcohol, tobacco or drugs to use while pregnant. If you need help to stop smoking or with alcohol or other drugs during your pregnancy you can talk with someone who can help, 802-565-LINK. Call your health care provider or contact your local WIC office for support. 

Plan for After Your Baby is Born
  • Think ahead about how you will feed your baby. For many families, breast or chestfeeding is a good option. Human milk is nutritious, helps your baby fight off illness and is easy for babies to digest. Talk to your health care provider or your WIC nutritionist about breast or chestfeeding to decide if it is the right choice for you.  

  • Learn about how to make sure your baby is in a safe sleep environment.  

  • This Environmental Health Guide can help you to identify potential hazards in the environment where you live.  

General Resources
Resource  Description 
Move Your Way  Education on exercise in pregnancy and ideas on activities.
Maternal Depression   Information and resources about mental health.
Healthy Relationships  Information and resources about preventing domestic and sexual violence, as well as preventing child abuse.
Oral Health during pregnancy and in childhood  Information and resources on caring for your oral health in pregnancy, and ways to support good oral health for your child. 


Resources to Prepare for After Baby is Born
Resource Description 
Resources on Infants and Young Children   Vermont Department of Health site with information and resources about raising your child. 
Health Care for Children and Youth   Information about how to find a private or public insurance plan that meets your needs or budget.
Immunizations for 0-18 years  Information on vaccines - why and when they are recommended and answers to other frequently asked questions.
Child Passenger Safety   Information on car seat safety and resources to help you with your car seat safety questions.
Prevent Lead Poisoning   Information on lead poisoning, recognizing the signs, and answers to other frequently asked questions.