Healthy pregnancies

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is important to know how to care for yourself before, during and after your pregnancy. 

Last updated: June 30, 2022

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Information and resources for pregnant people

Having accurate information will help you to make the best choices so that you, your child and family can be as healthy as possible.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink alcohol. All types of alcohol can be harmful for the pregnant people and their fetus.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe the harms caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol can affect the fetus at any time during the pregnancy, resulting in physical, mental, behavioural and/or learning disabilities. FASD can be prevented if pregnant people do not drink during pregnancy.

It is never too late to cut down and stop drinking during pregnancy. Information and resources are available to help you:


Breastfeeding is a healthy first choice for you and your baby. It provides all the nutrition your baby needs in the first 6 to 12 months of life.  

Breastfeeding isn’t easy for everyone. Talk to your doctor, midwife, public health nurse or lactation consultant about breastfeeding and infant nutrition. You can also call 811 to speak with a registered nurse or dietitian. 

It takes time and practice for you to feel comfortable with breastfeeding your baby. People are more successful at breastfeeding when they are in a supportive environment.   

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Depression during and following pregnancy

Depression can occur during pregnancy as well as after the baby’s birth. Perinatal/postpartum depression affects as many as 1 in 5 people in B.C. who have been pregnant. 

People who experience perinatal depression may have difficulty bonding with their baby or caring for themselves and their infant. Untreated depression can have serious long-term consequences for your health. 

Partners of people experiencing depression may also become depressed. Treatment, medical care and non-judgmental supports are available for everyone: