Pregnancy and baby

POSTPA1Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Prenatal (the care a woman gets before the birth of a baby) and postpartum (the care a woman gets after the birth of a baby) care ensure the health of the mom and the baby. Many decisions, in consult with your doctor or midwife, need to be made about the pregnancy: vitamins, tests and screenings to monitor the baby’s growth, and plans for care of the baby after birth.

Prenatal

Prenatal care is the care that women receive and provide for themselves throughout their pregnancy. Pregnant women who get early care have healthier babies. Early prenatal care includes:

  • Regular visits to an OBGYN or midwife
  • Classes: most delivery hospitals offer classes about labor and delivery
  • Enrolling with WIC (Women Infants and Children program)
  • Eating well
  • Proper exercise
  • Learning about and watching for signs of problems
  • Not using drugs, alcohol or smoking any substance
    • Quit Smoking: if you smoke, quitting protects the health of the baby
    • If you use drugs, talk to your doctor or midwife about treatment to quit using
  • Checking with the doctor about supplements, either herbal or over the counter

Planning for the Baby Includes Making Decisions About:

  • How will you feed your baby? Please consider breastfeeding.
  • Where and how to deliver your baby.
  • Finding a doctor for your baby, please Contact us.
  • Health care for your baby by enrolling in a program, please Contact us.
  • What type of family planning to use.
    • Please visit Bedsider.org to compare birth control methods.

Postpartum

Postpartum care is the care that women receive after the baby is born.

  • Visit your doctor or midwife between three and eight weeks after your delivery to be sure that you are healing without problems.

Postpartum Depression

Some women have mood changes that become depression or have high levels of anxiety. In spite of age, income level or race/cultural background, all women are subject to depression during or, more often, after pregnancy and during the first 12 months of the baby’s life.

Women can report feeling angry, sad, annoyed, hopeless, or guilty. They may also have lack of interest in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping, trouble concentrating, and even thoughts of harming the baby or themselves. Your doctor or midwife knows what to do. There are good treatment options for all women.

Resources

The Alliance has resources:

  • Classes on pregnancy and birth
  • Handouts
    • Baby's Coming!
    • Born Too Soon
    • Hey Dad!
    • It's Not Just the Baby Blues
    • Keep Your Baby Safe
    • Kick Counts
    • When You Are Pregnant: Don't Forget Your Teeth
    • When You Are Pregnant: Exercise for Two
    • When You Are Pregnant: Grow a Healthy Baby
    • When You Are Pregnant: It's Never too Late to Quit

All publications in English on healthy pregnancy
All publications in Spanish on healthy pregnancy
All publications in Chinese on healthy pregnancy
All publications in Vietnamese on healthy pregnancy

New parent kit from First 5 California:

This kit includes Advice for New Parents DVD and book. What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick book, and more. Visit Frist 5 Alameda County to order your kit at: http://www.first5california.com/services-support.aspx?id=21 

Contact us:

livehealthy@alamedaalliance.org
510-747-4577 or 1-877-932-2738
CRS TTY: 711/1-800-735-2929
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Other Links

National Health Information Center (Health Finder) http://www.healthfinder.gov/ and click on “P” and select “Pregnancy.”

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