Prenatal care is the medical care you receive while you are pregnant to make sure you and your baby are both in good health. Prenatal appointments should begin in the first trimester of your pregnancy and continue with regular visits throughout your pregnancy as recommended by your physician. While not all pregnancy complications can be prevented, we know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and detecting problems early.
Babies born after the 39th week of pregnancy have the best possible start in life. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. You can reduce the risk for prematurity by living a healthy lifestyle, managing health conditions, and detecting problems early by getting regular checkups and by getting early prenatal care. Know what puts you at risk: Previous preterm birth, low or high maternal age, high blood pressure, gaining too much or too little weight while pregnant, stress, smoking, and having babies too close together.Learn More >
Your baby is depending on you for the nutrients he or she needs to grow healthy and strong, and when you are pregnant, you have a higher need for certain vitamins and minerals. Click below for basic guidelines and easy modifications to your diet that will give your baby the best start in life.Learn More >
Having babies too close together increases your risk for premature births. Waiting at least 18 months between pregnancies can lower your risk of preterm birth by 40%.Learn More >
Breastfeeding is not only healthier for your baby, but it has health benefits for you as well. Babies who breastfeed are less likely to have ear infections, asthma, allergies, vomiting, diarrhea and colic; and have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes and childhood cancers. For mothers, breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes and heart disease, promotes bonding, and helps with relaxation, possibly reducing the mother's risk of postpartum depression.Learn More >
Tobacco use is the most preventable risk factor for disease, disability and premature death in the United States. The Knox County Health Department partners with you in an incentive based program that gives you the Power to Quit. If you’re interested in information and support to help you quit and provide a healthier environment for your baby, click here to learn more about our Power to Quit program.Learn More >
Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. It involves finding and taking care of any problems that might affect you and your baby later, as well as steps you can take to reduce the risk of birth defects and other problems.Learn More >
Immunizations are one of the most important things you can do to protect you and your child from illness and hospitalization throughout life. Click below to learn more about the recommended vaccinations for you and your baby.Learn More >
Improving the well-being of mothers, infants and children is an important community health goal for the Knox County Health Department. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities and the health care system. The Strong Baby project is an effort to promote healthier families and infants.
The Strong Baby project is an outcome of our Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program, which is funded by the Tennessee Department of Health. FIMR is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants and families. The FIMR program provides support, resource referrals, and information to parents and families whose lives have been affected by the tragic death of an infant or loss of a pregnancy. The program reviews fetal and infant deaths, working at the community level to formulate programs and influence policy that will lead to improving birth outcomes. Read More...