By Dr. Sushma Noheria, Noheria Nursing Home
Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Learn how your body is changing and your baby is growing.
- Eat well to gain weight.
- Make healthy choices – avoid alcohol, smoking and street drugs.
- Balance activity and rest.
- Practice relaxation.
- Have early and regular prenatal care.
- Enjoy this special time in your life.
- Have confidence in your body’s ability to grow, nourish and give birth to your new baby.
Every pregnant woman and her family want the best for their growing baby. Research shows us that what you do now can affect your unborn baby’s lifetime health. Learn how to improve your unborn baby’s environment to give him or her a great start to a healthy life.
- How your unborn baby’s environment can affect how he or she grows
- How you can improve your unborn baby’s environment
- To be more comfortable as your body changes
- To find the resources and support that can help you
- How to build family communication skills as you and your partner become parents
- The signs of preterm labour and what you can do
- Learn how you can participate in your care by making decisions and communicating with your caregivers
LABOUR AND CHILDBIRTH
Every labour and birth is unique. We know that what happens this day can affect a woman emotionally and physically for the rest of her life. As informed consumers, participating in your care by making choices and helping yourself, you can significantly affect how this day unfolds.
- how to confidently approach childbirth, with skills to promote the process of labour and your natural pain relief methods
- how you can participate in your care by making decisions and communicating with your caregivers
- about labour – how do you know your labour has started, when do you go to the hospital, how long are contractions going to last, how does the baby actually get out?
- practice your body’s natural pain relief methods, like movement, positioning, massage, visualization, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques
- about labour support – the how-to’s for your partner and about professional labour support (a doula)
- about medical procedures, including pain medication, epidurals, induction, cesearean- when they may be used, why, and what decisions you may be asked to make
- how to use and practice support techniques that will help you in labour, and help your partner be more involved and comfortable with the support role
- from the experiences of other pregnant women and expectant fathers
Parenthood is a new stage of life – sometimes wonderful and occasionally frustrating. Learning about basic care for your self and your baby, and how to find other resources can help you to adjust to your new role.
- breastfeeding – the benefits, how to get started and how to avoid problems
- about baby care – what you want, what you need, what baby needs
- new parents survival – coping with crying, colic, adjustments to parenthood, postpartum depression, time management, growing into a family
- your baby’s growth and development, toys and games for newborns, safety, car seats
- what to do if your baby gets sick
- about infants and families in the first year