Maternal & Women’s Health & Wellness
Chronic conditions (like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity) may increase the risk for complications during pregnancy, but they can often be prevented and managed with lifestyle changes and regular checkups.
Being proactive about health can give you the best chances for a healthy pregnancy and the ability to stay active with your child after birth.
Chronic Disease and Maternal Health
Using family planning/ birth control is the best way to plan if/when you want to be pregnant. Today, long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is safe and super easy to use. Talk to your provider about this very effective option that has minimal side effects.
The great thing is that all types of insurance (Medicaid and Commercial) should have coverage for all FDA-approved birth control without a co-pay. Planning your pregnancy is the best way to have a healthy baby.
Find Birth Control Resources Near You
Healthy Pregnancy & Prenatal Care
One component of having a healthy pregnancy and birth is delivering at a hospital that meets your and your baby’s healthcare needs. For some babies, that means being delivered and cared for at a hospital that has extra resources and a special medical team to care for you and your baby.
Maternal Wellness & Trauma
Many women experience mental health disorder or a traumatic life event during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. This can make it difficult to get through the day, but help is available to understand and overcome these struggles. You are not alone.
Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Clinics
Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), including Zika virus, often have no symptoms and can have negative health outcomes if not treated. Learn more about transmission, testing, and how to reduce your risk of getting an STI.
Chicago Department of Public Health STI Specialty Clinics
Everything that goes into your body can have an effect on your unborn baby. Smoking, drinking alcohol, abusing prescription drugs, or using illegal drugs can all have a negative effect on you and your baby because the chemicals you ingest can be passed through the placenta.
Family Services and Other Support
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