Pregnancy

We at Delta Health Alliance understand that it can be difficult and over-whelming being pregnant. To help we have set up a few programs to help soon-to-be and even current mothers.pregnant woman

The Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker (MIHOW) helps early childhood development for children under the age of five.

StartSmart is a nutritional and healthy behavior based program to help mothers learn about breastfeeding benefits for their baby. Each mother will talk with a personal consultant about parenting skill, breast feeding, unique nutritional requirements for babies, and actions which encourage health diet and behavior.

Our Delta Early Learning Project (DELP) is probably the most extensive project as far as helping mothers in every aspect of life.

Click here to read how Delta Health Alliance helped one young mother with her child that was born blind.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

You are pregnant! Congratulations! During the next several months you will have the opportunity to get ready to welcome your new baby. Of course, you want to do everything you can to be sure you are healthy and your baby arrives healthy. Here are a few tips to help you pursue good health for you and your baby.

  1. Get a check up when you find out you are pregnant. Your doctor or health care provider will check to be sure you do not have any medical conditions that could cause an unhealthy pregnancy. High blood pressure and diabetes are two of the common problems that need to be checked, and if present, followed closely. If either or both of these conditions ‘run in your family’ please let your doctor know immediately. A particularly severe form of high blood pressure called ‘Preeclampsia’ or ‘Toxemia’ can cause a potentially fatal outcome in both the mother and or her baby. If found early, however, mom and baby can be managed through a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Diabetic moms need close monitoring with their blood sugars to avoid many complications that can affect both her and her baby.
  2. Eat healthy! Your doctor or health care provider can give you dietary instructions on eating healthy. Do not gain more weight than recommended by your provider, as obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, and overweight babies.
  3. AVOID drugs and alcohol in any form. Use of these substances in pregnancy can lead to infants born addicted to drugs, physical deformities, and mental retardation. If you are pregnant and need help getting off drugs or alcohol, please get immediate help from your doctor. Do it for your baby and yourself!
  4. Exercise moderately. If only a daily walk, you will be healthier and will feel better.
  5. Keep your check up appointments throughout your pregnancy, as you may develop problems at anytime.

Good luck and be healthy!

Dr. Robert Dale

Chief Medical Officer

Delta Health Alliance