Category: Growing Great Babies

Trusted prenatal health resources are at your fingertips.

Pregnancy is a time when you may be bombarded with information—sometimes conflicting. Healthy Pregnancy Ventura County provides links from trusted resources that will help expectant families make healthy, informed choices - before, during, and after pregnancy. At Healthy Pregnancy Ventura County, you will find a wide array of videos, pregnancy planners, nutrition & fitness, breastfeeding, and information on tobacco,…
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Considering pregnancy? Now is the time to prepare.

You should start taking care of yourself before you start trying to get pregnant. This is called preconception health. It means knowing how health conditions and risk factors could affect you or your unborn baby if you become pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, and medicines can harm your baby — even before…
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Breastfeeding benefits children, families and communities.

It's natural, healthful and free. Breastfeeding protects young children from illness, lowers risk of obesity, helps with brain development, mother and child bonding, and has economic benefits for families and communities. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding for at least 12 months, exclusively for the first six months. The World Health Organization…
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Breastfeeding friendly workplace is simply good business.

Continuing to breastfeed after returning to work can be a logistical and practical challenge. While state and federal laws require that employers provide time and space to express milk, the reality is that many businesses don't know where to start when it comes to supporting a new mom's need to express milk or…
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