For Expectant Mothers
FREE Prenatal Breastfeeding Information Sessions
Are you pregnant? Do you have questions about breastfeeding?
Come out to this important learning session and discover where you can get support in the Ottawa area. Exclusive breastfeeding is important for your child's optimal health and development. Make sure you know how to get off to a smooth start, learn important skills, and have your questions answered by a Lactation Consultant. Ensure you are ready before your baby arrives. Each new mother will receive a valuable information package and priceless confidence all free of charge.
These sessions are available in English and in French.
Registration: call 613-722-4000 ext. 440 or register online.
Early pregnancy – first trimester (conception to 13 weeks)
During the first trimester of your pregnancy you and your baby will experience the greatest amount of change. You will have lots of questions and feeling some anxiety is perfectly normal. Learning as much as you can about what will happen to you and your baby during your pregnancy will help you get the best start. Here are some key points to help you along:
- Learn about the changes that will happen with your body and your baby. You may experience morning sickness, changes in your breasts, spotting and fatigue. Don't be afraid to ask your healthcare provider questions.
- Book your first prenatal visit with your healthcare provider as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. Be prepared for a complete check-up. You will need to have several different tests such as blood or urine tests.
- Weight gain during pregnancy is necessary to support the growth of baby. Find out what the right amount of weight gain during pregnancy is right for you and your body type.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about prenatal vitamins and if you need additional supplements or nutrients. Remember, the best source of nutrients comes from a healthy diet.
- Consider taking some prenatal classes to learn about your pregnancy, labour, birth, breastfeeding, and baby care.
- If you plan on traveling during your pregnancy, it is easiest to do this before your 20th week of pregnancy. After 20 weeks, it will depend on where, how, the distance, and length of time you will be away. Talk to your healthcare provider before you plan a trip.
- Exercise is good for you but don't overdo it. Talk to your healthcare provider about the type and amount of exercise that is safe for you or before you start new types of exercise.
- You will need to see you healthcare provider every 4 weeks.
- During this time you will need to have an ultrasound to determine or confirm your due date.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, or more commonly known as “Morning Sickness” is a common discomfort in early pregnancy. However, you may feel nauseated any time of the day, not only in the morning. Nausea and vomiting most often occurs during the first three to four months of pregnancy, but it can last longer. Here are some helpful tips that may help:
- When you first wake up, try eating a few crackers or dry toast.
- Get up slowly after lying down.
- Don’t lie down after eating.
- Eat small meals or snacks more often to avoid having an empty stomach.
- Drink smaller amounts of fluid, more often during the day.
- Avoid drinking fluids during meals.
- Avoid fried, fatty or spicy foods.
- Avoid smells that make you feel sick.
- If you experience nausea and vomiting, please speak with your healthcare provider if you are not able to manage it on your own or before taking any over-the-counter medications for the treatment of nausea and vomiting.