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Expectant Parent Brochure
Transcript of Expectant Parent Brochure
Make arrangements with your health care provider and make the first check up appointment.
Have the car seat in place and make sure it is properly installed. Make sure to follow the directions exactly and do not go by just the photos provided. Also, make sure that there was not any recalls to products that you purchased for baby.
Do not over schedule yourself in the first few weeks. It can lead to stress. Babies will make their own schedule and it will change from time to time.
Introducing a baby to other members of your household can be difficult. If you have other children try and make quality time with them.
Try to limit the number of guests at first. You will be glad later on that you took some time to rest.
If you have a pet, bring a blanket or article of clothing home for it to smell before baby comes. This way he/she will be familiar with baby's scent. Shopping for Baby How to get started
Do your research-read up on products before you decide to buy them. DO you really need high-tech models or low-tech ones? Know the pros and cons on products that you may buy.
Do safety checks on used baby gear
Try to buy easy-on, easy-off baby outfits
Decide if your going to invest in some baby gear-instead of spending money on blankets would you invest in a sleep sack. (lowers the rick of SIDS)
Put some things off until later-you really don't need a high chair, activity center, or baby-proofing gear right away. That stuff can wait for a few months down the road. Pregnancy
Do's and Dont's DO see your doctor regularly discuss exercise, vitamins, healthy weight gain, how to stay away from illness and about a flu shot. Oh, Baby! A Guide for Expecting Parents Produced by:
Stephanie Foor (Group Leader)
Kodijo Diehl Babies are frequently over dressed when they are taken home. In summer, a simple t-shirt, diaper, and pants will do. In winter, add a snowsuit and an extra blanket! Don't fuss over complicated outfits. Resources! Ben-Joesph, Eleana Pearl. "KidsHealth." Bringing Your Baby Home. The Nemours Foundation, Apr. 2011. Web. 11 Mar. 2013. http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_center/newborn_care/bringing_baby_home.html# Is it Labor?
Call your doctor or midwife for assistance.
Many use the 411 method: Contractions are four minutes apart, lasting one minute, for a least one hour. Did you know that the average labor for a first time mom is about 12 to 18 hours. Natural Childbirth
Woman who decide to do natural childbirth use relaxation, positioning of their bodies,
and other comfort measures like lighting in the room or music to help them through labor. Labor and Birth Medication
Medication: Epidural or IV
Medication offered to you will depend on your labor and health of you and your baby.
Ask your doctor beforehand about the medications they use and when they would use them. Surgical Birth-Cesarean Section
Over 30% of births in the United States are by C-section
This is used when the life of the mother or the baby is being threatened.
They make an incision in the abdomen for the baby to be born. Recovery
Over the course of the next six weeks
you will heal and start to feel better.
Your body will change as you lose weight and tone. Weiss, Robin Elise. "Labor and Delivery: Vaginal Birth to Cesarean, Epidural to Natural" Pregnancy and Childbirth. About.com Guide Web. 12 Mar.2013 http://pregnancy.about.com/od/laborbirth/p/laborbasics.htm Swain, Heather" Your Newborn: 30 Tips for the First 30 Days." Parents- Babies, Baby Names,Pregnancy Calender, Ovulation, Births & more....N.p.,n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013 < http://www.parents.com> U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health. "womenshealth.gov." N.p., 5 Mar. 2009. Web. 13 Mar, 2013. <http://womenshealth.gov> Did you know a baby can not taste salt until it is 4 months old. Did you know a baby is born in the world
every 3 seconds. DO eat a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, lean meats, and a variety of cooked sea foods. Make sure to always wash your hands, fruits, and vegetables befor eating. Make sure you know the right and wrong kind of fish to eat. Also make sure to get lots of iron and folic acid. DO drink extra fluids especially water! DO always wear your seat belt! DON'T smoke. drink alcohol, or use any drug not discussed with your doctor first. DON"T clean or change cat litter box this can cause a very harmful infection called toxoplasmosis! DON'T use anything with a toxic chemical such as paints, cleaning solvents, insecticides, or mercury. DON'T take extremely hot baths or showers. Also avoid hot tubs and saunas. Did you know the government runs a website called recalls.gov that posts more then
15, 000 products recalls, including
most baby goods. Shopping for Baby: The top ten tips. 09/14/2011. Retrieved March 14, 2013, from http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/photo-gallery/shopping-for-baby.aspx# Breast Feeding use hospital resources. Be prepared for it to take a while. Whether its your first time or ninetieth time. Take with you a book to look at, a glass of water, and go to the bathroom before hand. Try a warm compress or heating pad if your breast are engorged or you have a blocked duct. Bottle Feeding Do not lay baby flat or hold horizontal, also don't prop up bottle or move baby or bottle excessively. All these may cause baby to choke or make their tummy upset. Don't force baby to eat. Let them tell you when they are full. Don' feed during sleep times. This can lead to choking, tooth decay, and ear infections. Don't make the hole in the nipple of the bottle to large this can also lead to choking.