Useful pregnancy guides for young parents-to-be
Here are a few useful pregnancy guides that we hope will help you understand what to expect and what is normal.
During pregnancy, your body goes through a lot so it’s helpful to know what to expect and to understand what is normal.
Preparing for what lies ahead by reading up on labour and birth and what to expect through each stage of your pregnancy or trimester and keeping healthy while you’re pregnant will all help.
Week-by-week pregnancy guides
It may be useful to look at week-by-week pregnancy guides so you can understand what to expect throughout your pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy can typically last between 37-42 weeks and is split into three trimesters.
Trimesters mark your unborn baby’s development and they can change significantly change and develop from one trimester to the next. Check out these useful pregnancy guides:
Getting ready for a baby, labour and birth
With the amount of information given and available to young parents-to-be about pregnancy, labour and childbirth, it can be a little overwhelming.
Try and find some time during your pregnancy to read the information and advice available as it will hopefully help make everything clearer. The NHS and NCT provide very useful guides on preparing for a baby, labour and birth. Your midwife should also be able to help with any questions or concerns.
Keeping healthy during pregnancy
To help reduce risks in pregnancy, it’s important that you try to keep healthy. There are many life changes you can make togive your baby the best start , including quitting smoking, eating healthily and not drinking alcohol. The following organisations offer more advice and information on safer pregnancy and keeping healthy.
- Sands – Safer pregnancy
- Babycentre – 10 steps to a healthy pregnancy
- NHS choices – Have a healthy diet in pregnancy
Our Chance also gives information and advice to help reduce pregnancy risks and have lots of videos covering advice and information on what you can do to have a safer pregnancy.
If something doesn’t feel right
Tommy’s have a to help you decide whether you need medical attention. If you still feel worried or that something isn’t right, speak to your midwife, maternity unit or doctor.
You will get to know your baby’s pattern of movements it is not true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy. If your baby’s movements slow down or stop then contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately.
Pregnancy guides for dads
Although dads don’t carry the baby or give birth, it’s still important that they’re supported and well-informed about pregnancy and being a parent. Not only is it important for them to be confident through this big moment in their lives, it will allow dads to support their partners.
Check out the links below to prepare you on what to expect so you can feel more prepared during pregnancy and the early days of becoming a dad! They provide information on everything from supporting your pregnant partner to packing for the hospital.
- NHS choices – Pregnancy, birth and beyond for dads and partners
- Babycentre – Dad’s guide to pregnancy
- New Dads Survival Guide – Pregnancy, birth and baby advice for dads
If you’d like to share your pregnancy or birth experience, feel free to send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, check out other young parents who have shared their pregnancy, labour and birth experiences.