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Pregnancy: How do I know what's normal?

As you prepare to become a parent during pregnancy, remember it's normal to:

  • Experience Highs and Lows
    • Pregnancy can be an emotional high as well as an emotional low, and this is perfectly normal. You may be happy about the life growing inside, but you can also be overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility and concerned about the impact this new life will have on your existing life.
    • Pregnancy is a time of emotional and physical change so it's natural to feel overwhelmed with different kinds of emotions.

  • Have Lots of Worries
    • It is normal to wonder whether you will be a good parent or whether your baby will be normal. Community resources are available to support new parents and help them develop their skills and confidence in parenting. All parents need help - don't be afraid to ask.
    • Discuss any worries you may have with someone you trust and feel comfortable with. This may be your doctor, nurse, midwife, a friend or a member of your family.

  • Require Extra Emotional and Physical Support
    • During pregnancy it is natural to feel the need for extra support, both emotionally and physically.
    • It is normal to feel irritable and moody at times, while feeling thrilled at others.

  • To Help Yourself:
    • Eat well
      A healthy lifestyle that involves eating well (according to the recommended nutritional requirements for pregnant women), staying active, and regular care throughout pregnancy, will contribute to you and your baby's short and long term health.
    • Relax
      Make time for yourself on a daily basis. It is important that you give yourself time to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.
    • Exercise
      Daily physical activity, such as walking, will help you reduce any stress you may be feeling (making sure your doctor has approved all physical exercise).
    • Plan ahead
      Plan ahead as much as possible. This applies to your workplace and home. At work, organize things so you can leave your job with everything in order. At home, you may want to get your baby's things ready, or prepare an older sibling for the new arrival.

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