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National Women's Health Week

Women Strong!

What better way to celebrate moms in May than to help them make their health a priority? Take advantage of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) – May 8-14 – to serve as a reminder to protect their physical and mental health and overall well-being. This is especially important during the continuing coronavirus pandemic since those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, or obesity, can be at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19

CDC offers suggestions and resources to talk with health providersget active, enjoy a healthy and balanced diet, prioritize mental health, and practice healthy behaviors. Find other resources under these topics:


Physical Activity


Healthy Eating

  • Tips for Pregnant Moms and Tips for Breastfeeding Moms (both available in English and Spanish)
  • MyPlate – consumer resources such as quizzes, apps, other digital tools, and recipes 
  • What Do I Do With – a series featuring a collection of recipes, tips and ideas to help participants prepare WIC eligible foods that may be new or unfamiliar to them
  • Folic Acid Resources  – education materials and information resources (be sure to check out the Eye on Nutrition series noted below that features this nutrient)
  • WIC Meals of the Month – a nutrient-themed recipe collection to help address specific nutrient needs, highlight the importance of specific nutrients to the WIC population, and assist participants in using the foods in their food packages
  • Eye on Nutrition – a collection of informational and educational resources in each edition that focus on nutrients important for the WIC population
  • Nutrition While Breastfeeding – a resource for moms found on the WIC Breastfeeding Support website
  • Portion Distortion – information, quizzes, and resources such as Portion Size Matters to complement discussions about the importance of portion control, weight management, and physical activity


COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding has been growing. Data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination.

Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies.

Those who are pregnant and have concerns should talk with their healthcare provider. Learn more at COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding and COVID-19 – Breastfeeding and Pregnancy.


Mental Health

Two out of every three caregivers in the U.S. are women. As caregivers, they are at greater risk for poor physical and mental health, including depression and anxiety. At CDC's Women, Caregiving and COVID-19, find tips to help women manage caring for themselves and others.

Individuals in need of assistance (emergent or otherwise) can use the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and MentalHealth.gov (including suicide prevention and a veterans’ crisis line) resources.


Healthy Behaviors


More Women's Health Resources

CDC’s Women’s Health pages offer resources to promote women's health, such as:

From the Office on Women's Health, find an extensive list of free, downloadable resources covering topics such as Pregnancy, Reproductive Health or Breastfeeding. Others include:

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women can register for the Women’s Health LISTSERV, a free email newsletter to help communicate women’s health issues.

Explore the many topics and resources available on the WIC Works Resource System and WIC Breastfeeding Support sites which WIC staff can use to promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum participants.

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