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Parenting Starts with Pregnancy * Your feelings matter * See your healthcare provider early! · Medical expenses of pregnancy · Stay in school! * Your parents' reaction · Mother/daughter relationship * Your partner's reaction * If he's not with you * Abusive relationships, gangs * Life goes on Dealing with Minor Discomforts * Always tired · Morning sickness - all day · "Where's the bathroom?" * Are you dizzy? * Moodiness strikes * You may have heartburn * If constipation is a problem * Varicose veins and hemorrhoids * If you can't sleep · Dealing with backaches * Movement from baby * Danger signs · Pregnancy is not permanent Your Baby's Development * Sperm and ovum unite * Female and male reproductive organs * Cells continue to divide · Second, third months * Fourth month ends * Checking on your baby · Prenatal visits lead to healthy babies * You'll feel him move * Sixth month - not ready to be born * Baby gets fatter 4 rEating Right for Baby and You * Your baby eats what you eat * Good nutrition helps prevent eclampsia · Importance of protein · Milk for baby's bones, teeth * Fruits and vegetables · Cereals and bread * Take your vitamins * Limit the fat * Calories count * The fast-food dilemma * Follow the Food Guide Pyramid 5 "No" to Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol * Smoking harms fetus · Baby can't "breathe" * Smokers may have smaller babies * Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) · Drugs and pregnancy * "No" to over-the- counter drugs 6 For Some - Adoption Is an Option * Adoption is changing · Counseling is important * Father's rights in adoption -Adoption planning is difficult · Grandparents' feelings Making the final decision * Birthparents will grieve · Supporting an adoption plan 7 Preparing for Labor and Delivery * Nine months of preparation · Those early contractions * Prepared childbirth * You need a coach Relaxation techniques help · Premature labor signs * Prepare a birth plan · Labor - an athletic event 8 Your Baby Is Born Signs of early labor · Timing your contractions * Pain relief medication ' Transition stage · Your baby's arrival ' Delivery of the placenta ' The circumcision decision ' For some, a C-section · Baby's first test 9 The Baby with Special Needs How parents feel · How to help baby with special needs · Telling others about the baby ° How to help a friend whose baby has special needs · Things to remember 10 Your Fourth Trimester * How will you feel? * After-baby blues * Getting help * Lifestyle changes · Bonding with your baby * Handling stress * Take a few minutes off * Your partner relationship 11 Feeding Your Newborn * Many choose breastfeeding * Less illness for breastfed babies * Getting started * The art of breastfeeding * Is baby getting enough? * Guardingyour health * Breastfeed in public? * Some prefer bottle-feeding 12 What Does a New Baby Do? * What does she look like? · Belly button care * How baby develops * What can he see? * Notice her reflex actions * Those first days · Observe him closely * What does baby want out of life? * Infants don't "spoil" * Perhaps she's lonely · He may like swaddling * Be sensitive to her needs 13 Especially for Dad * For teen fathers * Perhaps you're older * If you aren't together · Father's rights * Her parents may reject you * Your parents' reaction * Your responsibilities as a father * Don't drop out! * Dad's role during pregnancy * Sharing prenatal care visits * She needs a labor coach * Taking responsibility * It's not easy 14 Another Baby - When? * Sex may change relationship * Issues to consider * Other objections to contraception · Lots of options * Birth control pill · Intrauterine device (IUD) * Contraceptive implant · Depo-Provera · STD concerns * AIDS - the incurable STD * Caring for yourself and your family Appendix Annotated Bibliography Index