For free updates and information as well as tips relating to your pregnancy and for a year thereafter you can register on Text4baby, a program announced on the occasion of Women’s health Week.
This is an educational program started under the aegis of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition that offers valuable information about your pregnancy and your newborn baby by virtue of text messages delivered directly to your mobile phone.
All you have to do is text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 and then give your baby’s due date or your baby’s birthday and your zip code when prompted. Then you start to receive messages.
- The messages are sent free even if you do not have a text messaging plan
- To begin with you receive 6 messages with general information and then three a week throughout your pregnancy till your child turns one.
- The messages are relevant to the time line or the progress of your pregnancy or your newborn baby. Topics covered are immunization (shots), nutrition, seasonal flu, prenatal care, emotional well being, drugs and alcohol, labor and delivery, stopping smoking, breastfeeding, mental health, prevention of birth defects, oral health, car seat safety, exercise and fitness, developmental milestones, safe sleep, family violence, etc.