Maternal & Women’s Health & Wellness

Chronic Disease

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

Nutrition Tips for Women

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Family Planning

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.

Birth Control Information

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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.

Levels of Care

Illinois Levels of Care

Healthy Pregnancy Tips

C-section Resources

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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.

Maternal Depression

Stress & Trauma

Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Clinics

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Sexually-Transmitted Infections

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.

Congenital Syphilis

Zika Virus

Chicago Department of Public Health STI Specialty Clinics

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Substance Use

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.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

Smoking & Pregnancy

Opioids & Pregnancy

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Health Services
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