“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” Joyce Meyers

Whether you’re planning a pregnancy or not, spending time getting and staying as healthy as possible is important. Good health for your body now sets the atmosphere for a healthy pregnancy in the future.

Why should you be concerned about future pregnancies? It is because not all babies are born healthy. Sometimes babies are born too soon (preterm birth), too small (low birth weight), or with birth defects. Some of these problems can be prevented by taking extra steps to care for your body before you become pregnant.

So, you may be wondering what you can do to prepare for your future bundle of joy; here are
some suggestions:

  • Make sure you get 400mcg of folic acid daily. Folic acid is a naturally occurring B vitamin that helps with a baby’s brain development.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs.
  • Do some type of physical activity regularly.
  • Eat healthy, whole foods that nourish the body. Think vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes (beans), lean meat, and plenty of water. Limit processed and other sugary, high-calorie foods.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to keep such health problems as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, and asthma at bay.
  • Avoid risky sexual behavior. Abstinence from vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy.
  • Visit your doctor annually for a physical.

Connect Program

Our Connect program assists pregnant women, caregivers and families with young children by providing a one-stop entry point for needed services – click here to find out more.

Healthy Start Program

The Healthy Start program provides services and support needed by pregnant women to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Every woman who receives a positive pregnancy test from her health care provider is offered a Prenatal Risk Screen. This screen helps us identify any risks that could negatively affect you and the baby. Healthy Start services are no charge to you and include:

  • Pregnancy health education
  • Nutrition education
  • Childbirth preparation
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • New baby care
  • Parenting education and support
  • Help to quit smoking
  • Stress management and emotional support
  • General support and community referrals

Our care coordinators work individually with moms to determine the right support and services needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth, and healthy baby.

Contact Healthy Start to enroll:

850-921-0772 (Leon County) or 850-926-0400 (Wakulla County)