Pregnancy Information




There is a ton of information out there on the net - some great, some good, and some well, not so good.  Try to be a discerning reader, and trust your own knowledge and instincts.

The information in the attachments below is from a variety of reputable sources. It is updated on a regular basis.  If you have specific questions, please contact Jules at jules.atkins@gmail.com.  

One of the best all-round resources is 'What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know', which you can download from the list below.

One of the best websites for researched, evidence-based information is:
https://evidencebasedbirth.com


A good all-round website for parents on the Sunshine Coast and Lower Mainland area is http://parenting.vch.ca/

One of the best articles I have come across recently, with great tips on what to do BEFORE you get pregnant, what to do to have a healthy pregnancy, and what tests and procedures to avoid, can be found at:  http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/05/what-to-reject-when-you-re-expecting/index.htm#.T6vfzbU3TBY.twitter



FOR DADS AND PARTNERS

There is an increasing amount of information available for dads and partners about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, baby care and early parenting.  

Here are some links to good websites:
http://resources.beyondblue.org.au/prism/file?token=BL/0775  this one includes a focus on how dads and partners can help with perinatal depression (depression in pregnancy and after the baby is born) 
There are also several downloadable documents of special interest to dads and partners below.  All begin with the word "dads" so are grouped together to make them easier to find! 


NUTRITION IN PREGNANCY - what you eat is what your baby eats! 
So eating well is even more important in pregnancy than ever.   This is a link to a great resource that you can download.  It contains all the information you need about healthy diet, weight gain in pregnancy, what to do for nausea, heartburn and constipation, and what foods to make sure to eat if you are a vegetarian or if you have gestational diabetes.  It even has several great quick and easy recipes!  http://www.beststart.org/resources/nutrition/healthyeating/HealthyEatingForAHealthyBaby_Eng_fnl_212.pdf


SLEEP IN PREGNANCY - in pregnancy you only need to 'eat for one', but it's great if you can try to 'sleep for two'
Here's a good website with some tips about what you can do to get more, and better, sleep during pregnancy:
DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY IN PREGNANCY - depression and anxiety are common in pregnancy and after the baby is born. 
If symptoms are mild, there are several resources you can access for self-help.  If your symptoms are more severe, please let your caregiver know.  Help is available!

Bounce Back - an online program with videos and worksheets that you can access any time, for free!  http://www.bouncebackonline.ca/ 
Anxiety B.C. - a great site with lots of resources  www.anxietybc.com/
Pacific Postpartum Support - a local (Lower Mainland) organization for support for postpartum depression  www.postpartum.org

PHYSIOTHERAPY IN PREGNANCY - PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH INNER CORE PELVIC FLOOR STRENGTH 
Inner core and pelvic floor muscle strength in pregnancy - and beyond, into the postpartum (period after the baby is born) and right on through your life - is very important to your health and well-being.  Too many women suffer needlessly from problems associated diastasic recti (a separation of the abdominal muscles), incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, or have surgeries to 'correct' these disorders (which often aren't successful).  It doesn't matter whether your baby is born vaginally or by C-section - or whether you've had a baby at all!  What matters is the strength of your inner core and pelvic floor.  Kegels are not enough, and may actually be part of the problem (if done correctly or if not enough attention is paid to relaxing the muscles).  
I recommend all women see a pelvic floor physiotherapist in pregnancy to gain an understanding of 'where they're at' - and start working on any problems or weaknesses - and again about 4-6 weeks after they've had their baby - to make sure their core and pelvic floor muscles are strong enough to engage in other activities without injuring themselves.
Here are some links to pelvic floor physiotherapists in the Lower Mainland area of Vancouver B.C.  You can take a look at what they have to say.
        Gillian McCormick   http://synergyphysio.ca/synergy-team-gillian  
                located at #307  267 Esplanade W.,  North Vancouver,  phone 604-986-2777
        Marcy Dayan   http://www.dayanphysio.com/the-team/marcy-dayan.php    
                located at 750 W. Broadway in Vancouver,  phone 604-739-3133
        Diane Lee   http://dianelee.ca/about-diane-lee.php  
                located at #102  15303  31 Avenue, South Surrey,  phone 604-538-8338 


PREGNANCY AFTER 40
For those of you who have delayed childbearing - or are doing it all over again! - there are many resources out there.  Please see the document below "Pregnancy After 40" about the current standard of care that suggests all women over 40 should have their labours induced at 40 weeks - or before.  Remember: decisions about your care are always up to you.  Read the research, listen to your caregivers, then make the decision that's best for you.


GROUP B STREP (GBS)
GBS and the recommended treatment for women who have it are still controversial.  Here's a link to a good article about it:  https://evidencebasedbirth.com/groupbstrep/

GBS prevention by taking probiotics lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and lactobacillus reuters RC-14? 
Group B Strep, or GBS, is a common bacteria present in the digestive and reproductive system of around 30% of women.  Unless it causes a bladder infection, it may go undetected as it often causes no problems.  But... it can cause problems for newborns.  This can occur during labour, when the bacteria has an opportunity to multiply in the amniotic fluid, and then get into the baby's body before it is born.  Most babies, like most adults, won't get sick.  But some will - some will get very sick.  A very few will die.  Because of this risk, all women are offered testing to see if they have GBS when they are around 35-37 weeks pregnant.  Women who test 'positive' are offered IV antibiotics in labour to prevent the bacteria from multiplying and getting into the baby's system.  A recent study suggests that by taking two specific probiotics - lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and lactobacillus reuters RC-14 - women can reduce their risk of having GBS by around 40%.  Here's a link to the study for anyone who wants to consider taking these lactobacilli.  Best time to start is in the second trimester.  Good luck!     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27590374
Note: For more information on GBS see the info sheets in attachments at the bottom of this page. 

ZIKA VIRUS
Here is some new information about Zika that anyone who is pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, should know:
March 6, 2017  CTV news

This is a quote from the article:
"Zika virus infections in Canadian travellers returning from the Caribbean and south and central America were both more common and their effects more severe than researchers had expected, a new study has found. The study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, looked at Canadian travellers who had visited Canadian Travel Medicine Network (CanTravNet) clinics for suspected travel-related illnesses after trips down south. Of the 1,118 travellers studied between October 2015 and September 2016, 3.7 per cent, or 41 travellers, had a Zika infection. That was equal to the number diagnosed with dengue, the fastest-growing mosquito-borne illness. But unlike the dengue patients, many of the Zika patients developed serious problems from their infections. Ten per cent of the 41 patients with Zika developed severe complications. They ranged in age from 13 to 70.Two travellers developed the neurological disorder Guillain–Barré Syndrome, or GBS-like syndrome, a condition that has been linked Zika virus by previous research. Also, among three pregnant women infected with Zika, two transmitted the virus to their unborn babies."


ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE CHILDBEARING YEAR
There is increasing interest in the use of essential oils to support health and well-being.  For those who are interested, there are links below to information on some of the most commonly recommended essential oils for the childbearing year.



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