Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Emotional Changes

How you experience your pregnancy will depend largely on your own situation and personality. There is no right or wrong way to feel. It may be helpful to know that many women go through similar emotional stages as their bodies adjust to the physical and hormonal demands of pregnancy and parenthood.

Some common emotional changes include:

  • a sense of unreality or denial
  • sudden, unexpected mood swings from euphoria to tears
  • irritability
  • heightened self-awareness and focus
  • feelings of anxiety and doubt about becoming a parent
  • excitement and impatience
  • fear of labour
  • nesting instincts as birth approaches

More information on emotional well-being.

Did you Know...

The hormonal changes of pregnancy can cause prenatal and/or post-partum depression in some women. If you are often overwhelmed by sadness or distress, your doctor, midwife, or public health nurse can help.