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Pregnancy

This topic provides evidence-based resources and current best practices to ensure the healthiest outcomes for a woman and her baby before, during, and after pregnancy, focusing on areas such as environmental health, maternal healthy weight, and maternal oral health.

Before Pregnancy (Preconception)



Healthy babies start with healthy mothers. The preconception period, or the time between puberty and pregnancy, is critical to a healthy pregnancy and pregnancy outcome. When a woman has a healthy lifestyle before pregnancy, there is a good probability that she will have a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and postnatal period (the first six weeks after pregnancy).



During Pregnancy (Prenatal)



Prenatal refers to the nine months during pregnancy and before delivery. Regular prenatal visits with a healthcare professional are important in order to monitor the development of the baby and pregnancy. A healthcare professional can also provide accurate information to help families make informed decisions regarding prenatal care and any treatment that may be necessary during and after the pregnancy.



Your Pregnancy Month by Month



Congratulations! You will soon be a mom. Your health is important. The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be. All moms want what is best for their babies. This resource will help answer your questions. The more you learn, the more you will be able to make healthy choices. The information in this resource has been reviewed by public health nurses, genetic counsellors, nutritionists, subject experts, and mothers.



After Pregnancy (Postnatal)



Postnatal health refers to a mother’s health after giving birth and is generally defined as the period beginning immediately after the birth of the baby and extending for six weeks. New parents may be stressed, tired and anxious due to the changes necessitated by the arrival of their baby.



Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)



Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. It consists of abnormal glucose tolerance or higher-than-normal blood glucose levels, which may or may not diminish following the birth of an infant. The prevalence of GDM in Canada has been on the increase, with approximately 5% of Canadian pregnancies in 2010/2011 reported to be affected by GDM. Although GDM is usually asymptomatic (shows no symptoms), it is associated with serious perinatal complications for both the mother and the child. However, with early detection and management, these complications can be minimized.



Substance Use and Pregnancy



Pregnant women may use substances (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, other drugs) during pregnancy for many different reasons. Substance use during pregnancy can result in a variety of effects on the mother’s health and on the health of her baby, both during and after pregnancy. The types of effects experienced by the mother and baby depend on many factors, including the type of substance(s) used and how much/how often they are used. Healthcare providers can assist women to find the resources they need to stop or reduce their substance use to improve their own health and the health of their babies.



Anemia and Pregnancy



Anemia is a condition where there is a lack of enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body tissues. Anemia can make you feel tired and weak. In pregnancy, anemia is usually due to low levels of iron in the body.



My Saskatchewan Pregnancy



My Saskatchewan Pregnancy is an app for pregnant women. It includes information that is especially helpful to pregnant women living in Saskatchewan. Information in this app is evidence-based, which means that it is supported by research. All of the content has been reviewed by a diverse group of healthcare professionals working throughout Saskatchewan.



Download the App:





Maternal and Child Environmental Health – Educational Modules



These self-learning online educational modules will provide health and allied providers with information to help them address their patients’ environmental health issues and concerns during preconception, pregnancy, and early childhood.



Oral Health and Pregnancy



Pregnant women are prone to dental problems because elevated hormone levels cause gums to swell, bleed, and trap food. Up to 30% of pregnant women have advanced forms of periodontal disease (severe gum disease).



Most Recent Resources for Pregnancy

  • 2-459: Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

    Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

    Booklet, Revised 2021


    Healthy weight gain is important during pregnancy for the health of the woman and her growing baby. This booklet includes information on the benefits of gaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, how to determine the amount of weight to gain during pregnancy, and recommendations for how to gain a healthy amount of weight. This booklet was developed in consultation with Saskatchewan dietitians, nurses, and other healthcare providers, as well as First Nations women.

    Recent updates include the latest Canada Food Guide recommendations, the importance of certain nutrients in pregnancy, and how to track weight gain during pregnancy using the My Saskatchewan Pregnancy app.

    or
    SKU: 2-459
  • 2-251: Common Non-prescription Medications in Pregnancy

    Common Non-prescription Medications in Pregnancy

    Fact Sheet, Revised 2021


    Non-prescription medications, sometimes referred to as over-the-counter or OTC medications, are those that can be purchased without having a doctor’s prescription. This fact sheet provides information on common OTC medications such as antacids, antihistamines, laxatives, cough and cold medications, herbal products, and many more that are used in pregnancy.



    SKU: 2-251
  • 7-500: HCV and Pregnancy Fact Sheet

    HCV and Pregnancy Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet, 2020


    This fact sheet provides information about hepatitis C (HCV) and pregnancy, including information about vertical transmission (from mother to baby) and the effects of HCV on pregnancy and infants.



    SKU: 7-500
  • 2-442: Gestational Diabetes Fact Sheet

    Gestational Diabetes Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet, 2020


    Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. This fact sheet provides information on risk factors for developing GDM, its impact on maternal and child health, screening and diagnosis, as well as recommended management and primary prevention strategies.



    SKU: 2-442
  • 7-008: HIV and Pregnancy Care Guide

    HIV and Pregnancy – A Guide to Care

    Guide and Manual, Revised 2020


    This guide covers such topics as HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan, Modes of Transmission of HIV, HIV Testing During Pregnancy, Prenatal Algorithm, HIV Treatment and Drug Management, After-Care for Babies of HIV Positive Women, Barriers to HIV Transmission Prevention and Prenatal Care, and Motivational Approaches.

    or
    SKU: 7-008
  • 2-448: Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Literature Review, 2020


    Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. It consists of abnormal glucose tolerance or higher than normal blood glucose levels, that may or may not diminish following the birth of an infant. Over the past decades, GDM rates have continued to increase in Canada. This review provides information on the risk factors for developing GDM, its impact on maternal and offspring health, the approach to screening and diagnosis, recommended management strategies (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), as well as primary prevention strategies.



    SKU: 2-448
  • 2-52-501: MSP App Tear Away Card

    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy App Tear-Away Cards

    Information Card, 2020


    To provide evidence-based information to pregnant women in Saskatchewan, the Prevention Institute has created a smart phone app, My Saskatchewan Pregnancy. Features of the app include daily health tips, monthly summaries of baby’s growth, a “to do” list for each trimester, videos, a pregnancy timeline, a My Health feature (with trackable functions for blood pressure, weight gain, and mental health), and more.

    These tear-away cards advertise the availability of the app and come in pads of 25.
    SKU: 2-501
  • 2-500: MSP App Poster

    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy App Poster

    Poster, 2020


    To provide evidence-based information to pregnant women in Saskatchewan, the Prevention Institute has created a smart phone app, My Saskatchewan Pregnancy. This poster provides tear-away cards to advertise the availability of this app.

    Download the poster without the tear-away cards here.
    SKU: 2-500
  • 7-205: Messages for Parents: Two to Five Years

    Messages for Parents: Two to Five Years

    Information Card, Revised 2019


    This information card has been developed to support parents in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.

    It is important that parents engage their children in sexual health discussion at an early age, beginning with teaching the proper terminology of body parts. Early introduction of the topic increases the confidence and comfort of both the parents and children to talk about sexual health at later years.

    or
    SKU: 7-205
  • Pregnancy and Alcohol: What doctors would like you to know

    Information Card, Revised 2019


    This information card provides simple medical advice to a woman about ways to ensure her fetus is not exposed to alcohol when she is pregnant.

    or
    SKU: 3-152

Pregnancy Resources

  • 2-459: Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

    Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

    Booklet, Revised 2021


    Healthy weight gain is important during pregnancy for the health of the woman and her growing baby. This booklet includes information on the benefits of gaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, how to determine the amount of weight to gain during pregnancy, and recommendations for how to gain a healthy amount of weight. This booklet was developed in consultation with Saskatchewan dietitians, nurses, and other healthcare providers, as well as First Nations women.

    Recent updates include the latest Canada Food Guide recommendations, the importance of certain nutrients in pregnancy, and how to track weight gain during pregnancy using the My Saskatchewan Pregnancy app.

    or
    SKU: 2-459
  • Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

    Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

    Booklet, 2011


    This booklet contains eight colourful magnets with a different healthy quote on each one. It is a step-by-step guide to a healthy pregnancy with topics such as: prenatal nutrition, folic acid, alcohol and pregnancy, physical activity and pregnancy, smoking and pregnancy, oral health, and emotional health. It also contains a personalized ten-month pregnancy calendar showing you how the fetus develops each month. A great resource for mothers-to-be.

    Please note, we no longer stock this resource. please order directly from www.phac-aspc.gc.ca


    SKU: 2-440
  • How Your Baby Grows

    How Your Baby Grows

    Booklet, 2002


    Adapted with permission from March of Dimes, this illustrated booklet describes fetal development and physical changes experienced by the mother.



    SKU: 2-100
  • Tobacco Smoke: The Risk to Unborn Babies, Pregnant Women, and Children

    Tobacco Smoke: The Risk to Unborn Babies, Pregnant Women, and Children

    Booklet, 2010


    This booklet outlines the problems that can result from smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Information focuses on the types of smoke, issues in sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy complications, and effects on the newborn, infants, and children. Includes information on how to protect children and pregnant women from the effects of tobacco smoke.

    Audience: Developed for Professionals


    SKU: 3-306
  • 7-005: HIV Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies

    HIV: Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies

    Booklet, 2018


    This booklet is designed for women living with HIV who are planning a pregnancy or are already pregnant. Topics include basic HIV and HIV treatment information, how to stay healthy before and during pregnancy, unique issues that may face women living with HIV, and where to go for more information and support. The booklet is an update to the previous HIV and pregnancy-related pamphlets provided by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.

    or
    SKU: 7-005
  • 7-002: Sexually Transmitted Infections: Are You Positive You’re Negative?

    Sexually Transmitted Infections: Are You Positive You’re Negative?

    Brochure, 2016


    This brochure, designed for use with youth, explains what sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are, how to avoid STIs, and how to find out if you have an STI. It also includes information about the effects of STIs on fertility, pregnancies, and newborn babies.

    or
    SKU: 7-002
  • Before You Become Pregnant

    Before You Become Pregnant

    Brochure, 2010


    This brochure talks about the important information a woman should know when planning a pregnancy. It promotes a healthy lifestyle prior to conception in order to ensure the healthiest baby possible.

    or
    SKU: 2-309
  • A Smoke-Free Home Right from the Start

    A Smoke-Free Home Right from the Start

    Brochure, 2012


    Outlines some of the harmful effects smoking and environmental tobacco smoke can have on pregnancy, as well as effects on children. Offers some tips on quitting.



    SKU: 3-301
  • 7-008: HIV and Pregnancy Care Guide

    HIV and Pregnancy – A Guide to Care

    Guide and Manual, Revised 2020


    This guide covers such topics as HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan, Modes of Transmission of HIV, HIV Testing During Pregnancy, Prenatal Algorithm, HIV Treatment and Drug Management, After-Care for Babies of HIV Positive Women, Barriers to HIV Transmission Prevention and Prenatal Care, and Motivational Approaches.

    or
    SKU: 7-008
  • EPDS Screening and Care Guide

    Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) Screening and Care Guide

    Guide and Manual, 2012


    The EPDS Screening and Care Guide provides healthcare providers with score interpretation and care guide to use when screening pregnant and postpartum women for depression and anxiety using the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS). It also includes guidelines for medical management when maternal mental health is of concern, contact information for Saskatchewan Healthline and Saskatchewan Drug Information Services, and a space for relevant local contact information. On the reverse side of the form there is a brief description of maternal depression including common symptoms, guidelines for screening, and the EPDS questions.

    * For an updated version of the Maternal Mental Health Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Screening and Care Guide available through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, please visit https://www.ehealthsask.ca/services/resources/Resources/EPDS-screening-2019.pdf


    SKU: 2-104
  • 7-516: HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    Information Card, 2019


    This information card explains that for women living with HIV, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to quit or reduce their tobacco use.

    or
    SKU: 7-516
  • Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal Mental Health

    Information Card, 2013


    The Maternal Mental Health Information Card provides information for women and their families and friends who want to know more about maternal depression. It includes information on symptoms of depression and who to contact for help. The card also includes ways a woman can take care of herself and suggestions for family and friends to help support her if she is suffering from depression. Contacts for help are also provided. The card is ideal for waiting rooms or as a handout to those who would benefit from information on maternal depression.

    or
    SKU: 2-101
  • We Need to be Safe

    We Need to Be Safe

    Information Card, 2015


    This information card for the general public provides information on how domestic violence affects children.



    SKU: 2-434
  • 2-461: Cannabis and Pregnancy Poster

    Cannabis and Pregnancy Poster

    Poster, 2019


    Cannabis can be harmful. This poster highlights that cannabis can harm developing fetuses during pregnancy, and infants through breastfeeding. This poster was created in partnership with the Cannabinoid Research Institute of Saskatchewan.

    or
    SKU: 2-461
  • 7-517: HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    Poster, 2019


    This poster explains that for women living with HIV, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to quit or reduce their tobacco use.

    or
    SKU: 7-517
  • No Thank’s I’m Pregnant

    No Thanks I’m Pregnant

    Poster, 2012


    This 11” x 17” poster shows a pregnant woman turning down a glass of wine, saying “No thanks, I’m pregnant”.

    or
    SKU: 3-050
  • Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal Mental Health

    Poster, 2013


    The Maternal Mental Health poster is intended to raise awareness about maternal depression and get people thinking about the issue. It includes information on symptoms of depression and suggestions about who to contact for help. There is space provided for local contact information to be added.

    or
    SKU: 2-103
  • Fetal Development

    Fetal Development

    Poster, 2008


    These 8.5 x 11 inch posters, developed by Childbirth Graphics, assist healthcare professionals in discussing alcohol use with their patients. Although these posters do not focus on FASD, they can be used to help patients understand that alcohol is one of many factors which can impact the development of the fetus.

    Audience: Healthcare Professionals and their Patients
    SKU: 3-143
  • HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

    HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

    Poster, 2011


    This poster states that HIV positive women can have healthy babies and highlights the importance of prenatal care.

    or
    SKU: 7-004
  • 2-448: Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Literature Review, 2020


    Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. It consists of abnormal glucose tolerance or higher than normal blood glucose levels, that may or may not diminish following the birth of an infant. Over the past decades, GDM rates have continued to increase in Canada. This review provides information on the risk factors for developing GDM, its impact on maternal and offspring health, the approach to screening and diagnosis, recommended management strategies (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), as well as primary prevention strategies.



    SKU: 2-448
  • GPC Evidence Summary

    GPC Evidence Summary

    Report, 2016


    Group prenatal care is a model of group where eight to twelve women of similar gestational age meet as a group with their healthcare provider for 90-120 minutes of regularly scheduled appointments, starting in their second trimester and continuing throughout their pregnancy. During these appointments, each woman has a brief individual physical assessment with the healthcare provider and then participates in a group discussion led by a healthcare provider. All prenatal care is provided in this group setting, combining the usual physical assessment with peer support and increased time for education about healthy pregnancy. This report examines current research on group prenatal care to assess if it is a good model of care for Saskatchewan and if there is an improvement in birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates associated with using this model of care compared to individual prenatal care. Birth outcomes examined in this report are gestational age at birth, preterm birth, and low birth weight.



    SKU: 2-904
  • Group Prenatal Care Lit Review

    Group Prenatal Care Lit Review

    Report, 2016


    Group prenatal care is a model of group where eight to twelve women of similar gestational age meet as a group with their healthcare provider for 90-120 minutes of regularly scheduled appointments, starting in their second trimester and continuing throughout their pregnancy. During these appointments, each woman has a brief individual physical assessment with the healthcare provider and then participates in a group discussion led by a healthcare provider. All prenatal care is provided in this group setting, combining the usual physical assessment with peer support and increased time for education about healthy pregnancy. This report examines current research on group prenatal care to assess if it is a good model of care for Saskatchewan and if there is an improvement in birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates associated with using this model of care compared to individual prenatal care. Birth outcomes examined in this report are gestational age at birth, preterm birth, and low birth weight.



    SKU: 2-903
  • Prenatal eHealth Tools Report

    Prenatal eHealth Tools Report

    Report, 2016


    Expectant parents today have access to a wealth of information on pregnancy and childbirth, and much of that information is accessed electronically. Knowledgeable healthcare providers who understand the strengths and limitations of these new technologies are in an excellent position to offer expert guidance to women using these technology-based prenatal health tools. This report seeks to educate interested stakeholders about eHealth, what it entails, the potential benefits and challenges, and recommended options for using eHealth to provide quality prenatal information to residents of Saskatchewan.



    SKU: 2-901
  • Prenatal eHealth Tools

    Prenatal eHealth Tools

    Report, 2016


    Expectant parents today have access to a wealth of information on pregnancy and childbirth, and much of that information is accessed electronically. Knowledgeable healthcare providers who understand the strengths and limitations of these new technologies are in an excellent position to offer expert guidance to women using these technology-based prenatal health tools. This summary seeks to educate interested stakeholders about eHealth, what it entails, the potential benefits and challenges, and recommended options for using eHealth to provide quality prenatal information to residents of Saskatchewan.



    SKU: 2-902
  • Adolescent Pregnancy in Saskatchewan

    Adolescent Pregnancy in Saskatchewan

    Report, 2014


    In Canada, rates of adolescent pregnancy remain among the highest in developed countries and rates in Saskatchewan are among the highest in Canada. In an effort to address the needs of Saskatchewan youth, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute has developed this report to provide a picture of adolescent pregnancy in Saskatchewan and to identify best practices that my address the specific circumstances of Saskatchewan Youth.



    SKU: 7-018
  • Infant Mortality in Saskatchewan: Evidence to Inform Public Health Practice

    Infant Mortality in Saskatchewan: Evidence to Inform Public Health Practice

    Report, 2009


    This document was prepared to describe the relationship between modifiable risk factors and infant mortality. It is meant to provide guidance, strategies, and support to help expand or develop programs that may contribute to the reduction of infant mortality in Saskatchewan. It includes a review of the literature regarding prevalent risk factors associated with infant mortality, as well as identifying promising practices related to those modifiable risk factors.



    SKU: 2-457
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Executive Summary

    Report, 2011


    This executive summary is for the report “Sexually Transmitted Infections and Their Effects on Fertility, Pregnancy, and the Newborn: An Environmental Scan of Available Resources and a Preliminary Needs Assessment for Saskatchewan Health Care Providers”.



    SKU: 7-503
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

    Report, 2010


    This report presents the results of an environmental scan of available education resources focused on the effects of STIs, and their impact on fertility, pregnancy, and the newborn. Included is a preliminary assessment of the needs of health and allied health professionals in Saskatchewan for resources in this area.



    SKU: 7-502
  • Provincial Services for Women Living with HIV Who Have Experienced Violence and Abuse

    Provincial Services for Women Living with HIV Who Have Experienced Violence and Abuse

    Report, 2012


    This document outlines agencies (provincial and national) that provide services for women who have experienced abuse, sexual abuse, and/or have HIV. Descriptions and contact information (phone numbers and websites) are provided.



    SKU: 7-512
  • 7-510: A Review of Nutritional Recommendations for Pregnant Women Living with HIV

    A Review of Nutritional Recommendations for Pregnant Women Living with HIV

    Report, 2012


    Ensuring proper nutrition is a critical component of living with HIV as it is with being pregnant. The two conditions combined mean that pregnant women living with HIV are especially vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies and these women must monitor their nutritional status accordingly. The review provides general recommendations to address these issues.



    SKU: 7-510
  • Substance Use, Pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS: Treatment Programs for Pregnant Women

    Substance Use, Pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS: Treatment Programs for Pregnant Women

    Report, 2012


    This living document identifies existing substance use treatment programs and services available to pregnant women and pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS in North America, with a particular focus on Saskatchewan. The information provided through the current environmental scan is useful both for pregnant women who use substances who are seeking services, and for healthcare professionals, who can use this information to assist women in accessing services that are appropriate to their needs. Ideally, this would be done as part of a multidisciplinary team, where the referring professional continues to be involved in the care of the woman. It is hoped that the information provided will increase awareness of the existing substance use treatment centres and programs for pregnant women, with the goal of potentially increasing referrals to and use of these programs.



    SKU: 7-509
  • The Impact of Substance Use on Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

    The Impact of Substance Use on Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV

    Report, 2012


    This literature review aimed to assess the impact of substance use on mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Such a review was deemed necessary due to Saskatchewan’s unique HIV profile. Specifically, new cases of HIV in Saskatchewan are: (a) the highest in Canada; (b) most often associated with injection drug use (IDU); and (c) increasing rapidly in women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 39). The primary questions addressed in the report include: Why do substance use services need to be focused on to avoid MTCT of HIV? How does having a substance use issue influence high risk behaviours that can lead to HIV infection? How does having a substance use issue affect virus progression and impact the health of pregnant women living with HIV?



    SKU: 7-508
  • Vertical (Mother-to-child) Transmission of HIV: Prevention, Treatment, and Education

    Vertical (Mother-to-child) Transmission of HIV: Prevention, Treatment, and Education

    Report, 2014


    Saskatchewan continues to see high rates of new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in comparison to the rest of Canada. A large number of these new cases are being identified in women of childbearing age.

    Recognizing the importance of understanding HIV in the context of pregnancy, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute conducted a review of the literature in this area. The review includes findings and recommendations on vertical transmission, transmission prevention, barriers to prevention, and health promotion around these topics.



    SKU: 7-501
  • Precious Gift

    Precious Gift

    Video, 1997


    Filmed on the Beardy's and Okemasis Reserve in Saskatchewan, Precious Gift deals with the issue of drinking during pregnancy. It portrays a real life situation focusing on the life of a young Aboriginal woman, who is pregnant and seeks guidance about making healthy choices from friends and family.

    SKU: 3-110
  • Hope for the Future: Having a Healthy Pregnancy While Living with HIV

    Hope for the Future: Having a Healthy Pregnancy While Living with HIV

    Video, 2013


    This DVD shares information about HIV, pregnancy, and parenting, with the goal of showing that healthy pregnancies and healthy babies are possible for pregnant women living with HIV in Saskatchewan. The knowledge and experiences of people living with HIV and those who work in this area are shared. The DVD was created as a resource for health and allied health professionals and for people living with HIV in Saskatchewan.

    SKU: 7-000
  • Move for Two

    Move for Two

    Video, 2011


    Active living during pregnancy benefits you and your baby for life! This DVD answers many of the questions women have about the safe and healthy ways to be active during pregnancy. It contains an easy to follow, adaptable workout for all pregnant women.

    SKU: 2-V-207
  • The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood

    The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood

    Video, 2009


    The documentary, “The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood” tells the inspirational true story of three families and their struggles with postpartum depression. As Carla O’Reilly, Elita Paterson, and Tania Bird journey to wellness, they speak out, inspiring women and families who may be suffering with postpartum depression.

    SKU: 2-V-200

Pregnancy


This topic provides evidence-based resources and current best practices to ensure the healthiest outcomes for a woman and her baby before, during, and after pregnancy, focusing on areas such as environmental health, maternal healthy weight, and maternal oral health.

Before Pregnancy (Preconception)



Healthy babies start with healthy mothers. The preconception period, or the time between puberty and pregnancy, is critical to a healthy pregnancy and pregnancy outcome. When a woman has a healthy lifestyle before pregnancy, there is a good probability that she will have a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and postnatal period (the first six weeks after pregnancy).



During Pregnancy (Prenatal)



Prenatal refers to the nine months during pregnancy and before delivery. Regular prenatal visits with a healthcare professional are important in order to monitor the development of the baby and pregnancy. A healthcare professional can also provide accurate information to help families make informed decisions regarding prenatal care and any treatment that may be necessary during and after the pregnancy.



Your Pregnancy Month by Month



Congratulations! You will soon be a mom. Your health is important. The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be. All moms want what is best for their babies. This resource will help answer your questions. The more you learn, the more you will be able to make healthy choices. The information in this resource has been reviewed by public health nurses, genetic counsellors, nutritionists, subject experts, and mothers.



After Pregnancy (Postnatal)



Postnatal health refers to a mother’s health after giving birth and is generally defined as the period beginning immediately after the birth of the baby and extending for six weeks. New parents may be stressed, tired and anxious due to the changes necessitated by the arrival of their baby.



Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)



Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. It consists of abnormal glucose tolerance or higher-than-normal blood glucose levels, which may or may not diminish following the birth of an infant. The prevalence of GDM in Canada has been on the increase, with approximately 5% of Canadian pregnancies in 2010/2011 reported to be affected by GDM. Although GDM is usually asymptomatic (shows no symptoms), it is associated with serious perinatal complications for both the mother and the child. However, with early detection and management, these complications can be minimized.



Substance Use and Pregnancy



Pregnant women may use substances (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, other drugs) during pregnancy for many different reasons. Substance use during pregnancy can result in a variety of effects on the mother’s health and on the health of her baby, both during and after pregnancy. The types of effects experienced by the mother and baby depend on many factors, including the type of substance(s) used and how much/how often they are used. Healthcare providers can assist women to find the resources they need to stop or reduce their substance use to improve their own health and the health of their babies.



My Saskatchewan Pregnancy



My Saskatchewan Pregnancy is an app for pregnant women. It includes information that is especially helpful to pregnant women living in Saskatchewan. Information in this app is evidence-based, which means that it is supported by research. All of the content has been reviewed by a diverse group of healthcare professionals working throughout Saskatchewan.



Download the App:





Maternal and Child Environmental Health – Educational Modules



These self-learning online educational modules will provide health and allied providers with information to help them address their patients’ environmental health issues and concerns during preconception, pregnancy, and early childhood.



Oral Health and Pregnancy



Pregnant women are prone to dental problems because elevated hormone levels cause gums to swell, bleed, and trap food. Up to 30% of pregnant women have advanced forms of periodontal disease (severe gum disease).



Most Recent Resources for Pregnancy

  • 2-459: Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

    Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

    Booklet, Revised 2021


    Healthy weight gain is important during pregnancy for the health of the woman and her growing baby. This booklet includes information on the benefits of gaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, how to determine the amount of weight to gain during pregnancy, and recommendations for how to gain a healthy amount of weight. This booklet was developed in consultation with Saskatchewan dietitians, nurses, and other healthcare providers, as well as First Nations women.

    Recent updates include the latest Canada Food Guide recommendations, the importance of certain nutrients in pregnancy, and how to track weight gain during pregnancy using the My Saskatchewan Pregnancy app.

    or
    SKU: 2-459
  • 2-251: Common Non-prescription Medications in Pregnancy

    Common Non-prescription Medications in Pregnancy

    Fact Sheet, Revised 2021


    Non-prescription medications, sometimes referred to as over-the-counter or OTC medications, are those that can be purchased without having a doctor’s prescription. This fact sheet provides information on common OTC medications such as antacids, antihistamines, laxatives, cough and cold medications, herbal products, and many more that are used in pregnancy.



    SKU: 2-251
  • 7-500: HCV and Pregnancy Fact Sheet

    HCV and Pregnancy Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet, 2020


    This fact sheet provides information about hepatitis C (HCV) and pregnancy, including information about vertical transmission (from mother to baby) and the effects of HCV on pregnancy and infants.



    SKU: 7-500
  • 2-442: Gestational Diabetes Fact Sheet

    Gestational Diabetes Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet, 2020


    Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. This fact sheet provides information on risk factors for developing GDM, its impact on maternal and child health, screening and diagnosis, as well as recommended management and primary prevention strategies.



    SKU: 2-442
  • 7-008: HIV and Pregnancy Care Guide

    HIV and Pregnancy – A Guide to Care

    Guide and Manual, Revised 2020


    This guide covers such topics as HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan, Modes of Transmission of HIV, HIV Testing During Pregnancy, Prenatal Algorithm, HIV Treatment and Drug Management, After-Care for Babies of HIV Positive Women, Barriers to HIV Transmission Prevention and Prenatal Care, and Motivational Approaches.

    or
    SKU: 7-008
  • 2-448: Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Literature Review, 2020


    Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. It consists of abnormal glucose tolerance or higher than normal blood glucose levels, that may or may not diminish following the birth of an infant. Over the past decades, GDM rates have continued to increase in Canada. This review provides information on the risk factors for developing GDM, its impact on maternal and offspring health, the approach to screening and diagnosis, recommended management strategies (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), as well as primary prevention strategies.



    SKU: 2-448
  • 2-52-501: MSP App Tear Away Card

    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy App Tear-Away Cards

    Information Card, 2020


    To provide evidence-based information to pregnant women in Saskatchewan, the Prevention Institute has created a smart phone app, My Saskatchewan Pregnancy. Features of the app include daily health tips, monthly summaries of baby’s growth, a “to do” list for each trimester, videos, a pregnancy timeline, a My Health feature (with trackable functions for blood pressure, weight gain, and mental health), and more.

    These tear-away cards advertise the availability of the app and come in pads of 25.
    SKU: 2-501
  • 2-500: MSP App Poster

    My Saskatchewan Pregnancy App Poster

    Poster, 2020


    To provide evidence-based information to pregnant women in Saskatchewan, the Prevention Institute has created a smart phone app, My Saskatchewan Pregnancy. This poster provides tear-away cards to advertise the availability of this app.

    Download the poster without the tear-away cards here.
    SKU: 2-500
  • 7-205: Messages for Parents: Two to Five Years

    Messages for Parents: Two to Five Years

    Information Card, Revised 2019


    This information card has been developed to support parents in their role as the primary sexual health educators of their children.

    It is important that parents engage their children in sexual health discussion at an early age, beginning with teaching the proper terminology of body parts. Early introduction of the topic increases the confidence and comfort of both the parents and children to talk about sexual health at later years.

    or
    SKU: 7-205
  • Pregnancy and Alcohol: What doctors would like you to know

    Information Card, Revised 2019


    This information card provides simple medical advice to a woman about ways to ensure her fetus is not exposed to alcohol when she is pregnant.

    or
    SKU: 3-152

Pregnancy Resources

  • 2-459: Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

    Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

    Booklet, Revised 2021


    Healthy weight gain is important during pregnancy for the health of the woman and her growing baby. This booklet includes information on the benefits of gaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, how to determine the amount of weight to gain during pregnancy, and recommendations for how to gain a healthy amount of weight. This booklet was developed in consultation with Saskatchewan dietitians, nurses, and other healthcare providers, as well as First Nations women.

    Recent updates include the latest Canada Food Guide recommendations, the importance of certain nutrients in pregnancy, and how to track weight gain during pregnancy using the My Saskatchewan Pregnancy app.

    or
    SKU: 2-459
  • Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

    Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

    Booklet, 2011


    This booklet contains eight colourful magnets with a different healthy quote on each one. It is a step-by-step guide to a healthy pregnancy with topics such as: prenatal nutrition, folic acid, alcohol and pregnancy, physical activity and pregnancy, smoking and pregnancy, oral health, and emotional health. It also contains a personalized ten-month pregnancy calendar showing you how the fetus develops each month. A great resource for mothers-to-be.

    Please note, we no longer stock this resource. please order directly from www.phac-aspc.gc.ca


    SKU: 2-440
  • How Your Baby Grows

    How Your Baby Grows

    Booklet, 2002


    Adapted with permission from March of Dimes, this illustrated booklet describes fetal development and physical changes experienced by the mother.



    SKU: 2-100
  • Tobacco Smoke: The Risk to Unborn Babies, Pregnant Women, and Children

    Tobacco Smoke: The Risk to Unborn Babies, Pregnant Women, and Children

    Booklet, 2010


    This booklet outlines the problems that can result from smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Information focuses on the types of smoke, issues in sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy complications, and effects on the newborn, infants, and children. Includes information on how to protect children and pregnant women from the effects of tobacco smoke.

    Audience: Developed for Professionals


    SKU: 3-306
  • 7-005: HIV Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies

    HIV: Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies

    Booklet, 2018


    This booklet is designed for women living with HIV who are planning a pregnancy or are already pregnant. Topics include basic HIV and HIV treatment information, how to stay healthy before and during pregnancy, unique issues that may face women living with HIV, and where to go for more information and support. The booklet is an update to the previous HIV and pregnancy-related pamphlets provided by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.

    or
    SKU: 7-005
  • 7-002: Sexually Transmitted Infections: Are You Positive You’re Negative?

    Sexually Transmitted Infections: Are You Positive You’re Negative?

    Brochure, 2016


    This brochure, designed for use with youth, explains what sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are, how to avoid STIs, and how to find out if you have an STI. It also includes information about the effects of STIs on fertility, pregnancies, and newborn babies.

    or
    SKU: 7-002
  • Before You Become Pregnant

    Before You Become Pregnant

    Brochure, 2010


    This brochure talks about the important information a woman should know when planning a pregnancy. It promotes a healthy lifestyle prior to conception in order to ensure the healthiest baby possible.

    or
    SKU: 2-309
  • A Smoke-Free Home Right from the Start

    A Smoke-Free Home Right from the Start

    Brochure, 2012


    Outlines some of the harmful effects smoking and environmental tobacco smoke can have on pregnancy, as well as effects on children. Offers some tips on quitting.



    SKU: 3-301
  • 7-008: HIV and Pregnancy Care Guide

    HIV and Pregnancy – A Guide to Care

    Guide and Manual, Revised 2020


    This guide covers such topics as HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan, Modes of Transmission of HIV, HIV Testing During Pregnancy, Prenatal Algorithm, HIV Treatment and Drug Management, After-Care for Babies of HIV Positive Women, Barriers to HIV Transmission Prevention and Prenatal Care, and Motivational Approaches.

    or
    SKU: 7-008
  • EPDS Screening and Care Guide

    Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) Screening and Care Guide

    Guide and Manual, 2012


    The EPDS Screening and Care Guide provides healthcare providers with score interpretation and care guide to use when screening pregnant and postpartum women for depression and anxiety using the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS). It also includes guidelines for medical management when maternal mental health is of concern, contact information for Saskatchewan Healthline and Saskatchewan Drug Information Services, and a space for relevant local contact information. On the reverse side of the form there is a brief description of maternal depression including common symptoms, guidelines for screening, and the EPDS questions.

    * For an updated version of the Maternal Mental Health Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Screening and Care Guide available through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, please visit https://www.ehealthsask.ca/services/resources/Resources/EPDS-screening-2019.pdf


    SKU: 2-104
  • 7-516: HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    Information Card, 2019


    This information card explains that for women living with HIV, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to quit or reduce their tobacco use.

    or
    SKU: 7-516
  • Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal Mental Health

    Information Card, 2013


    The Maternal Mental Health Information Card provides information for women and their families and friends who want to know more about maternal depression. It includes information on symptoms of depression and who to contact for help. The card also includes ways a woman can take care of herself and suggestions for family and friends to help support her if she is suffering from depression. Contacts for help are also provided. The card is ideal for waiting rooms or as a handout to those who would benefit from information on maternal depression.

    or
    SKU: 2-101
  • We Need to be Safe

    We Need to Be Safe

    Information Card, 2015


    This information card for the general public provides information on how domestic violence affects children.



    SKU: 2-434
  • 2-461: Cannabis and Pregnancy Poster

    Cannabis and Pregnancy Poster

    Poster, 2019


    Cannabis can be harmful. This poster highlights that cannabis can harm developing fetuses during pregnancy, and infants through breastfeeding. This poster was created in partnership with the Cannabinoid Research Institute of Saskatchewan.

    or
    SKU: 2-461
  • 7-517: HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    HIV, Pregnancy, and Tobacco Use

    Poster, 2019


    This poster explains that for women living with HIV, smoking tobacco during pregnancy can increase the chances that HIV will be passed to the baby. Websites are listed to help pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to quit or reduce their tobacco use.

    or
    SKU: 7-517
  • No Thank’s I’m Pregnant

    No Thanks I’m Pregnant

    Poster, 2012


    This 11” x 17” poster shows a pregnant woman turning down a glass of wine, saying “No thanks, I’m pregnant”.

    or
    SKU: 3-050
  • Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal Mental Health

    Poster, 2013


    The Maternal Mental Health poster is intended to raise awareness about maternal depression and get people thinking about the issue. It includes information on symptoms of depression and suggestions about who to contact for help. There is space provided for local contact information to be added.

    or
    SKU: 2-103
  • Fetal Development

    Fetal Development

    Poster, 2008


    These 8.5 x 11 inch posters, developed by Childbirth Graphics, assist healthcare professionals in discussing alcohol use with their patients. Although these posters do not focus on FASD, they can be used to help patients understand that alcohol is one of many factors which can impact the development of the fetus.

    Audience: Healthcare Professionals and their Patients
    SKU: 3-143
  • HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

    HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

    Poster, 2011


    This poster states that HIV positive women can have healthy babies and highlights the importance of prenatal care.

    or
    SKU: 7-004
  • 2-448: Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Gestational Diabetes Risks Prevention and Treatments

    Literature Review, 2020


    Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), is a sub-type of diabetes that is first identified during pregnancy. It consists of abnormal glucose tolerance or higher than normal blood glucose levels, that may or may not diminish following the birth of an infant. Over the past decades, GDM rates have continued to increase in Canada. This review provides information on the risk factors for developing GDM, its impact on maternal and offspring health, the approach to screening and diagnosis, recommended management strategies (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), as well as primary prevention strategies.



    SKU: 2-448
  • GPC Evidence Summary

    GPC Evidence Summary

    Report, 2016


    Group prenatal care is a model of group where eight to twelve women of similar gestational age meet as a group with their healthcare provider for 90-120 minutes of regularly scheduled appointments, starting in their second trimester and continuing throughout their pregnancy. During these appointments, each woman has a brief individual physical assessment with the healthcare provider and then participates in a group discussion led by a healthcare provider. All prenatal care is provided in this group setting, combining the usual physical assessment with peer support and increased time for education about healthy pregnancy. This report examines current research on group prenatal care to assess if it is a good model of care for Saskatchewan and if there is an improvement in birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates associated with using this model of care compared to individual prenatal care. Birth outcomes examined in this report are gestational age at birth, preterm birth, and low birth weight.



    SKU: 2-904
  • Group Prenatal Care Lit Review

    Group Prenatal Care Lit Review

    Report, 2016


    Group prenatal care is a model of group where eight to twelve women of similar gestational age meet as a group with their healthcare provider for 90-120 minutes of regularly scheduled appointments, starting in their second trimester and continuing throughout their pregnancy. During these appointments, each woman has a brief individual physical assessment with the healthcare provider and then participates in a group discussion led by a healthcare provider. All prenatal care is provided in this group setting, combining the usual physical assessment with peer support and increased time for education about healthy pregnancy. This report examines current research on group prenatal care to assess if it is a good model of care for Saskatchewan and if there is an improvement in birth outcomes and breastfeeding rates associated with using this model of care compared to individual prenatal care. Birth outcomes examined in this report are gestational age at birth, preterm birth, and low birth weight.



    SKU: 2-903
  • Prenatal eHealth Tools Report

    Prenatal eHealth Tools Report

    Report, 2016


    Expectant parents today have access to a wealth of information on pregnancy and childbirth, and much of that information is accessed electronically. Knowledgeable healthcare providers who understand the strengths and limitations of these new technologies are in an excellent position to offer expert guidance to women using these technology-based prenatal health tools. This report seeks to educate interested stakeholders about eHealth, what it entails, the potential benefits and challenges, and recommended options for using eHealth to provide quality prenatal information to residents of Saskatchewan.



    SKU: 2-901
  • Prenatal eHealth Tools

    Prenatal eHealth Tools

    Report, 2016


    Expectant parents today have access to a wealth of information on pregnancy and childbirth, and much of that information is accessed electronically. Knowledgeable healthcare providers who understand the strengths and limitations of these new technologies are in an excellent position to offer expert guidance to women using these technology-based prenatal health tools. This summary seeks to educate interested stakeholders about eHealth, what it entails, the potential benefits and challenges, and recommended options for using eHealth to provide quality prenatal information to residents of Saskatchewan.



    SKU: 2-902
  • Adolescent Pregnancy in Saskatchewan

    Adolescent Pregnancy in Saskatchewan

    Report, 2014


    In Canada, rates of adolescent pregnancy remain among the highest in developed countries and rates in Saskatchewan are among the highest in Canada. In an effort to address the needs of Saskatchewan youth, the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute has developed this report to provide a picture of adolescent pregnancy in Saskatchewan and to identify best practices that my address the specific circumstances of Saskatchewan Youth.



    SKU: 7-018