Are you pregnant?

3 pregnant women and a manPregnancy is a special time

It can be a time of joy and celebration. It can also be a time of uncertainty filled with many questions.

One thing is certain: pregnancy and the birth of a child bring many changes.

This information can help you or your partner to have a healthy pregnancy and to welcome a new life into your family.

Our resources in English

We also carry a list of Indigenous resources, of resources in French and of resources for newcomers to Canada.

Abuse

You and your Baby Deserve to Be Safe - Brochure

You and your Baby Deserve to Be Safe - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2013

This wallet sized fold-out brochure for women provides a self-assessment questionnaire and strategies (including contact information) for seeking and getting help.

You and your Baby… - Handout

You and your Baby… - Printer-ready handout
Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario with the support of Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2014

These printer-ready handouts provide information on abuse and pregnancy in multiple languages.

Available also in FrenchArabicCree - N DialectPunjabiSevern OjibweSimplified ChineseSomaliSpanish, and Traditional Chinese

Alcohol and Drugs

Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting
Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2107
 
This resource is for women and men, who are thinking about becoming parents, are pregnant, or who are new parents. It provides information about the effects of cannabis on fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, on children and adolescents when their mothers used cannabis during pregnancy and on parenting. This resource summarizes the current knowledge about the effects of cannabis.
Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Printer-ready handout

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Printer-ready handout
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2012

The handouts provide information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Available also in FrenchArabicCreeOjibwayHindiPunjabiTamilUrduSimplified ChineseSpanish and Tagalog

Mocktails for Mom - Recipe Cards

Mocktails for Mom - Recipe Cards
Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2012

This is a set of bilingual recipe cards for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, also called Mocktails. 

Mocktails for Mom - Brochure

Mocktails for Mom - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre with support from the LCBO, 2011

This booklet has recipes for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, also called Mocktails.

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Brochure

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, revised 2009

This colour brochure provides information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Breastfeeding

My Breastfeeding Guide

My Breastfeeding Guide - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

My Breastfeeding Guide has information and answers questions you may have as an expectant parent or as a new parent. You can share this guide with the people who are supporting you.

Available also in FrenchArabicBengaliFilipinoGujaratiHindiKoreanPersianPunjabiRussianSerbian (Cyrillic), SomaliSpanishSimplified ChineseTamilUrdu and Vietnamese

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Flyer / Répertoire en ligne bilingue des services d’allaitement de l’Ontario - dépliant

Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory - Website
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

Breastfeeding mothers benefit from the support of other mothers. Visit the Bilingual Online Ontario Breastfeeding Services Directory at www.ontariobreastfeeds.ca to connect with and receive help and support from peers, professionals and experts.

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families

Breastfeeding Matters: An Important Guide to Breastfeeding for Women and their Families - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This booklet will help women and their families explore breastfeeding from prenatal decisions, learning breastfeeding basics to gaining confidence. Topics include: making an informed decision, getting started, learning to breastfeed, common concerns, frequently asked questions and where to get help. The booklet was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes.

Also available in French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The fact sheets complement the Breastfeeding Matters booklet in special situations. They can be downloaded when needed. The following fact sheets are available:

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Printer-ready Handouts
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, 2013

The handout is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Available also in FrenchArabicCreeHindiOjibwayPunjabiSimplified ChineseSpanishTagalogTamil, and Urdu.

Brochure: Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Mixing Alcohol and Breastfeeding - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre with the support of the LCBO, revised 2016

The brochure is a resource for mothers and their partners to help them make an informed choice when it comes to drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Magnet (guidelines for nursing mothers)

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Guidelines for nursing mothers - Chart
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This 13 cm by 18 cm fridge magnet is a teaching aid for new mothers and their families. It is a good reminder for mothers on how to assess their infant’s breastfeeding effectiveness during the first three weeks. Colourful graphics and photographs with minimal text provide an at-a-glance look that new parents find particularly helpful.

Available also in FrenchArabicBengaliFilipinoGujaratiHindiKoreanOjibwayPersianPunjabi, RussianSerbian (Cyrillic), SomaliSpanishSimplified ChineseTamilUrdu and Vietnamese

Child Development

Healthy and safe sleep tips for infants 0-12 months - Did You Know?

Healthy and safe sleep tips for infants 0-12 months - Did You Know?  - Fact Sheet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

These tips for parents and caregivers of infants aged 0-12 months provide practical suggestions on healthy and safe sleep. The tips support the current recommendations on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
These messages are consistent with the information provided in the Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet.

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2015

This booklet is for parents of infants from 0-12 months and for all who care for infants. The booklet provides information on healthy sleep tips for infants and for parents. It also provides information on safe sleep tips on how to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related causes of infant death.

Mental Health

M07-B Pregnancy and Life with a New Baby – Tear-off Pad / Durant la grossesse et avec un nouveau bébé – Feuillets détachables

M07-B Pregnancy and Life with a New Baby – Tear-off Pad
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2017.

This sheet provides information to help women recognize if they have symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. It also provides brief information on where to get help.

Managing Depression - A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook

Managing Depression - A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond – Workbook
Best Start Resource Centre, 2014

This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond, and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyle behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.

Pregnancy Is Not Always What You Expect - Booklet

Pregnancy Is Not Always What You Expect - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2013

Pregnancy is a time when some women are at greater risk of becoming depressed and/or anxious. This booklet talks about strategies to help women:

  • Take care of their mental health before and during pregnancy
  • Understand the risk factors that can lead to depression or anxiety during pregnancy
  • Know if they are depressed or anxious during pregnancy
  • Get help and treatment

Life With a New Baby Is Not Always What You Expect

Life With a New Baby Is Not Always What You Expect - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2015

This 12 page brochure provides pregnant women and new parents with information on the baby blues and potpartum mood disorders. Parents are encouraged to seek help and use strategies for self-care.

Nutrition

Folic Acid - Bilingual poster – French one side, English on the other side

Folic Acid - Poster
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This bilingual poster (French one side, English on the other side) shares key messages about taking a multivitamin with folic acid prior to conception, and eating foods rich in folate.

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre and Nutrition Resource Centre, revised 2016

This booklet provides information for pregnant women on nutrition in pregnancy. It addresses current concerns and questions such as alcohol and fish consumption, food safety, weight gain and physical activity. Charts and recipes are also included.

Available also in FrenchArabicFilipinoHindiPunjabiSpanishSimplified ChineseTamil and Urdu

Prenatal and Postpartum Health

Your Guide to Labour and Birth – Booklet

Your Guide to Labour and Birth - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, 2016

This easy to read guide will answers common questions about labour and birth. 

The information in the guide is from the section on labour and birth from the resource “A Healthy Start for Baby and Me”. 

Giving Birth in a New Land - A guide for women new to Canada and their families - Booklet

Giving Birth in a New Land: A Guide for Women New to Canada and their Families - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre in collaboration with Halton Region Health Department, revised 2014

This booklet contains information for newcomer women who are pregnant and expect to deliver their baby in Ontario. They include information on local practices related to the prenatal and postnatal period, as well as services and resources available.

Available also in FrenchArabicChineseFilipinoHindiPunjabiSpanishTamil, and Urdu

Important Signs to Watch for if you are Pregnant

Important Signs to Watch for if you are Pregnant - Decal
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2012

This small decal provides critical information on important signs and symptoms to watch for during pregnancy and when to seek help.

Available also in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified)HindiPunjabi, SpanishTagalog, Tamil  and Urdu.

Preterm Labour Signs and Symptoms Brochure

Preterm Labour Signs and Symptoms - Brochure
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This brochure provides critical information on how to recognize preterm labour signs and symptoms and when to seek help.

Available also in FrenchArabicChinese (Simplified)HindiPunjabiSpanishFilipinoTamil and Urdu.

A Healthy Start for Baby and Me

A Healthy Start for Baby and Me - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2016

This low literacy prenatal book includes information about prenatal care, healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, pregnancy, labour and birth, postpartum period, infant safety and early infant care.

Tobacco Misuse

Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
Creating a Smoke-Free Environment for Your Children - Video
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010
 
This 24 minute video is on the social impact of second-hand smoke on young families. It contains testimonies of situations related to second-hand smoke experienced by families. Many strategies to reduce the exposure of young children and pregnant women to second-hand smoke are provided.
 
Available online on YouTube or Vimeo
Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout

Information on Second and Third-Hand Smoke - Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2010

This document contains information on second and third-hand smoke, a summary of the strategies and sources of supplementary information.

Smoke-Free Home - Image
Smoke-Free Home - Image
Best Start Resource Centre, 2011
 
Originally created as a sticker, this image can be applied on a door or window, indicating that the environment is smoke-free.
Size: 7.6cm X 7.6cm or 3" X 3" 
 
Also available in JPG format.

Workplace

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Booklet

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Booklet
Best Start Resource Centre, revised 2011

This booklet is for working women who are or who may become pregnant. It provides information on workplace risks, ways to reduce risks and sources of additional information.

Available also in FrenchArabicFilipinoHindiPunjabi, SpanishSimplified ChineseTamil and Urdu

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Printer-Friendly Handout

Work & Pregnancy Do Mix! - Printer-Friendly Handout
Best Start Resource Centre, 2008

This printer-friendly handout is for working women who are or may become pregnant. It provides information on workplace risks, ways to reduce risks and sources of additional information.


Links and resources

Take a look also at our links and other resources in French, our Indigenous resources, and our resources for Newcomers...