Healthy pregnancy

Healthy start scheme

Healthy Start is a scheme to help towards the cost of buying healthy food, milk and formula milk. If you are pregnant or have children under 4 years old, and you meet the income criteria, you can apply for a pre-loaded chip and pin card to use in food shops.  The card is automatically loaded with funds, every 4 weeks. This same card can also be used to access free vitamins. 

Find out how much money you could get on your card

Find out what you can buy

Paper vouchers have switched to a digital card

Paper vouchers have stopped, you may have heard them being called ‘milk vouchers’. If you are either new to the scheme, or were already received paper vouchers, you need to apply to get the new pre-loaded chip and pin card to use in shops. You can also claim free child and adult vitamins.

Check if you meet the criteria and apply online

Top Tip 1: When typing your family’s names, ensure they are typed exactly as they appear on your other benefit award letters.

Top Tip 2: Once you receive your card, keep hold of the letter it comes with. You will need your client ID on the letter when you call to Activate your card.

Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Smoke-free pregnancy

Warrington Stop Smoking Pregnancy Service

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant you or your partner can access the Stop Smoking Pregnancy Service. Call 01925 662260 or 07770 341 468.

Smoke-free Pregnancy Service :: Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust (

Stop smoking in pregnancy - NHS (

Eating well for a healthy pregnancy

Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is especially important if you're pregnant or planning to be. Your baby relies on you to provide the right balance of nutrients to help them grow and develop properly 

Eating well in pregnancy — First Steps Nutrition Trust

Healthy eating in pregnancy - Start for Life - NHS

Physical activity for pregnant women

Exercise in pregnancy - NHS (

This Mum Moves | The APF (

Healthy baby

Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

Infant feeding

Feeding your baby - Start for Life - NHS

Warrington Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding Services – Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Breastmilk and breastfeeding Nov19.pdf (

Weaning - Start for Life - NHS (

For confidential breastfeeding information and support, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. Lines are open 9:30am to 9:30pm every day.

Bosom buddy groups – Bosom Buddies group session (A5 flyer)_.pdf

Healthy toddler

Eating well early years — First Steps Nutrition Trust

Healthier Families - Home - NHS

Lunchbox ideas and recipes – Healthier Families - NHS

Top Tips for Healthy Teeth

  • Brush teeth last thing at night and one other time during the day

  • Use a toothbrush with a small to medium sized head with soft bristles

  • Use the recommended fluoride toothpaste

  • Brush for 2 minutes

  • Spit out the toothpaste after brushing, but don’t rinse your mouth

  • Keep sugary food and drinks to mealtimes

  • Visit the dentist regularly