20 Weeks of Pregnancy
Watch this video to learn the risks for preeclampsia, symptoms, and what you can do to reduce your risk of getting this serious condition.
Learn what gestational diabetes is, and how hormones produced during pregnancy affect your blood glucose levels.
This video will illustrate the importance of prenatal education in reaching the full 40-weeks of pregnancy. It will explain the importance of maintaining a proper diet and nutrition, avoiding alcohol, drugs and cigarette smoke and controlling weight gain during pregnancy. It will provide guidance on natural, spontaneous labor that includes getting regular, prenatal checks, knowing warning signs to watch for and understanding the optimal window for brain and respiratory development. In addition, the program will discuss the dangers of using medications to induce labor, including long-term difficulties for children who are born pre-term, encouraging women to accept help and try to enjoy their pregnancies.
We know how important the mother/baby bond is, but just as important is a bond between partner and baby. Ways for a partner not only to be a caregiver but also to form a bond with baby include physical touch, diapering and bathing the baby and supporting the mom when breastfeeding. Forming a bond with baby also helps mom's partner learn to recognize baby's cues and build their relationship with baby.
Since the only thing a partner can't do to take care of a new baby is breastfeed, there are many ways partners can care for their newborns while establishing a bond with baby. Diapering, cooking and doing laundry are some of the ways that a partner can help out around the house and allow the birth mom to get some rest helping her get back on her feet more quickly.