Pregnancy and Birth

This pack will help guide expecting parents through their pregnancy, birth, and the first few weeks back home. Here is a sample of a few lessons that are available to you through our parenting program.

 

* These lessons are also available in Spanish!

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Your First Trimester 

You’re pregnant, and you’re wondering, now what? There is a lot to know about pregnancy, your changing body, and your developing baby.

Topics in this video include: •physical symptoms• pregnancy •symptoms •morning sickness •tiredness •breast tenderness •headaches •constipation •weight gain •back pain •emotional symptoms •moodiness •stress •heavy cramping •dehydration •bleeding •diet •caffeine •prenatal vitamins •exercise •sex •smoking •alcohol •fetal development.

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Prenatal Care 

You’re pregnant, and you have a lot to consider. But the most important consideration right now is how you can take the best care of yourself and your developing baby. Your first step is setting up your prenatal care.

Topics Include: health conditions •gestational diabetes •blood pressure •OB-GYN •midwife and folic acid.

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Eating for Two 

When you’re pregnant, both you and your baby need nourishment in order to thrive. But what does eating for two really mean? 

Topics Include: weight gain •overeating •nutrition •Fruits •vegetables •grains •proteins •dairy •fats •oils •meals •snacks •sugars •caffeine •fish •Listeria •unpasteurized dairy •cravings •pica •obesity •underweight.

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Your Second Trimester

Your first trimester is now behind you and you are likely feeling better. In this video we’ll talk about how your body is changing, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your second trimester.

Topics Include: •itching •stretch marks •mask of pregnancy •back aches •leg aches •breast changes •Linea Nigra •vaginal discharge •hemorrhoids •varicose veins •dental changes •emotions •bleeding •swelling •headaches •vomiting •morning sickness •dizziness •exercise •smoking •drugs •alcohol •caffeine •fetal development.

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Emotions of Pregnancy 

Pregnancy can be a confusing time when it comes to your emotions. One minute you’re happy and overjoyed, and the next minute you may feel irritable or sad. 

The topics in this video include: hormones •exercise •fluctuations •hCG •progesterone •dizziness •nausea •stress •negative feelings •temperament •depression •sleep •talk •eating.

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The Final Stretch 

On your mark, get set, GO! The end of your pregnancy feels like one hundred days packed into one long month that oddly doesn’t seem long enough to get everything done to bring your baby home. Hang in there! You really are on the final stretch!

Topics Include: 3rd-trimester •Monitoring fetal movement •kick count •Braxton Hicks •birth plan •home help •baby items •crib •bassinette •car seat •travel •diaper bag •mucus plug •effacement •dilation •rupturing membranes •leaking water •bleeding •decreased fetal movement •contractions •early labor •active labor •transition.

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Your Third Trimester

You are moving into your third trimester, and you’re feeling VERY pregnant. Your baby is getting bigger, and you can feel her moving and kicking. What is going on in there?! 

Topics Include: shortness of breath •heartburn •swelling •hemorrhoids •constipation •leg cramps •stretch marks •tender breasts •belly button •insomnia •baby dropping •braxton hicks •emotions •exercise •fever and chills •bleeding •labor •mucus plug •ruptured amniotic sac •signs of labor •fetal movement.

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Infant Expectations

The first hours, days, and weeks with your newborn baby can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and know! 

Topics Include: newborn •newborn •appearance •vernix •skin-to-skin •lanugo •rashes •blotches •white spots •umbilical cord •weak neck •holding baby •first day •awake •alert •vision •sleep •eat •latching •coming home •car seat •normal behaviors •sleeping •feeding •breathing •crying •colic •reflexes •sucking reflex •grasp reflex •first bowel movement •stool •jaundice •bilirubin •phototherapy •weight loss •dehydration •infection.

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Taking Care of Yourself after Childbirth 

Women are often taught to consider the needs of others before their own. After giving birth, it is critical for a woman to take good care of herself so that she is better equipped to care for her newborn. 

Topics Included : postpartum healing •vaginal discharge •postpartum contractions •sore muscles •hemorrhoids •breast leaking •breast engorgement •vaginal recovery •c-section recovery •caesarean recovery •rest •sleep •nutrition •constipation •postpartum exercise •Kegel exercises •emotions •PPD •postpartum depression •baby blues •returning to work.

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Postpartum Depression 

Pregnancy and birth are supposed to be a joyful time. The excitement of parenthood and a new baby, dreams of your sweet family, and those wonderful bonding moments. But all of this may lose some of its joy because of maternal depression and anxiety. This video takes a look at the “baby blues,” postpartum depression, and the difference between them. We’ll also talk about what to do if you have postpartum depression and some helpful tips on how to function at home and how to improve your mood.

Topics Included: 3rd trimester •after birth•blues •sadness •weepiness •sleeping problems •PPD •postpartum depression •postpartum anxiety •PPD causes •PPD symptoms •PPD treatment •PPD psychosis •paranoia •hallucinations •harming baby.

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Simply Breastfeeding: Goals and Benefits

In this series you will learn the benefits that come with breastfeeding. You will learn helpful techniques used by a lot of moms to make feeding your baby so much easier. 
 
Topics include: • Breastfeeding•Bonding•Reduces Reflux •Pumping•Antibodies•Breast Milk•Long-term Health Benefits•Weight Loss •Nicer diapers•Decreases Risk of Postpartum Depression•Healthier for Baby•Goals & Benefits•Cost Savings.

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Labor 101: Intro and Options 

The goal of this series is to give you a better understanding of your choices at birth and to serve as an educational video on the birthing process. In the first section of the Labor 101 series you will learn about the possible options and techniques used to handle pain when giving birth as well as learning the benefits and risks that come with each choice.

•Labor•Delivery•Labor Options•Pain and Childbirth•Pain Management•Birthing Choices•C-section•Caesarean Section•Dilation •Epidural•Spinal•Narcotics•Water Therapy•Touch and Massage•Natural Endorphins•Labor Pain•Birth Plan.