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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great time to think about your lifestyle and to make positive, healthy choices. Making healthy changes to your lifestyle and habits during pregnancy will improve your health, the health of your baby, and will benefit you and your family in the future.

Programs and Services

Pregnancy Testing

We provide free pregnancy testing at our Sexual Health Clinics. If you think you may be pregnant, we will provide a urine test to confirm. We will also supply information about pregnancy, options, and birth control choices.

Prenatal Education

Expectant parents and support persons are encouraged to start prenatal education as soon as possible in their pregnancy. We offer a variety of prenatal education services. Visit our Prenatal Education page for more information.

Food for You:Food for Two

Food for You:Food for Two is a free, weekly, drop-in program for pregnant women and teens who may require extra support during pregnancy. You will learn about healthy eating, healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, and caring for a newborn from our Nurses and Dietitians. Groceries, milk, and child care are provided, and transportation is available. Partners and/or support persons are welcome.

  • Trenton – Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm at Trent River Public School, 84 Dixon Drive.
  • Bancroft – Thursdays from 10am to 12pm at The Métis Nation of Ontario, 91 Chemaushgon Road.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time. You may have a lot of questions and might need help preparing for and adjusting to life with a new baby. The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits by public health nurses and home visitors to expectant mothers and new parents who need extra support and can benefit from the program.

Home visits can help you learn about:

  • having a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • connecting with your baby
  • how children grow and develop as well as what you can do to help
  • being a parent
  • breastfeeding, food and healthy nutrition
  • taking care of yourself and your family
  • other services available to you and your child in your community (health services, parenting programs, family literacy programs and financial aid)

There is no cost to you for the program and your participation is voluntary.  For more information about the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

Need More Information About Pregnancy?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223, text 450-990-5551 or email CARELine@hpeph.ca.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Phone line hours over the long weekend (April 10 to April 13) are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.