General Resources and Organizations
These organizations offer valuable information and answers to frequently asked questions about pre- and post-natal care.
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing
- AWHONN is a non-profit committed to improving the health of women and newborns through advocacy, research, education, and other professional and clinical resources.
- American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists ACOG provides information on frequently asked questions about women’s health care, frequently asked questions about exercise during pregnancy. You can also read the organizations clinical and scientific views on exercise during and after pregnancy in their committee opinion paper.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- AAP’s healthychildren.org website provides information, tips, and tools on a variety of topics such as safety checklists, immunization schedules, and growth charts.
- Part of the national goals for the Healthy People 2020 initiative is to increase the number of women who breastfeed their babies in the early postpartum period by more than 80%. The Centers for Disease Control describe the Healthy People 2020 objectives, current levels of breastfeeding nationwide, and their targets for optimal health.
- Healthy Pregnant or Postpartum Women
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage where issues related to being healthy while pregnant and/or after birth. They specifically discuss the physical activity guidelines for Americans and how it relates to pregnancy.
- Exercise and Pregnancy [PDF]
- An overview of the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, some risks and benefits of exercise, and orthopedic concerns for pregnant women.
- Exercise and Pregnancy [PPT]
- A PowerPoint overview of the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, some risks and benefits of exercise, and orthopedic concerns for pregnant women.