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Having a baby is one of the most exciting challenges life has to offer.  

Here's some information that can help you through the early stages - from planning a pregnancy all the way through to welcoming a newborn into your family.

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Special Issues With Low Weight Babies

Special Issues With Low Weight Babies

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Babies who weigh less than 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) at birth are considered "low birth weight" babies. Some, but not all, are born preterm.
Rh Factor in Pregnancy

Rh Factor in Pregnancy

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Blood tests will determine your blood type and Rh factor, but there is no way to find out your baby’s blood type until after birth.
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Some pregnant women will develop high blood pressure during their pregnancy which can be dangerous to you and your baby. Know the signs.
Caesarean Birth Overview and FAQs

Caesarean Birth Overview and FAQs

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

A caesarean birth (or C-section) is the birth of a baby through a cut in your abdomen and uterus .
Episiotomy, Vacuum and Forceps During Labour and Birth

Episiotomy, Vacuum and Forceps During Labour and Birth

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Even if you're planning for a natural birth, it's good to be prepared for the fact that minor medical interventions may be needed.
Mothers' Physical Changes in the First Trimester

Mothers' Physical Changes in the First Trimester

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

The first trimester of pregnancy brings big changes, from weighing less than a gram at 5 weeks pregnant to hearing its heart beat at 8 weeks pregnant. Here's an overview of the changes you can expect for your body during this time.
Packing for a Birth in the Hospital

Packing for a Birth in the Hospital

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

If you’re planning to have your baby in a hospital, pack a bag ahead of time. Here are some tips for making sure you include all you need.
Practicing Breathing Techniques for Labour

Practicing Breathing Techniques for Labour

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Certain kinds of breathing can help you feel more relaxed during labour. Here are some techniques you can practice well ahead of your due date, to make sure you're ready when the time comes.
Healthy Weight Gain in the Second Trimester

Healthy Weight Gain in the Second Trimester

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

How much weight should you be gaining now? The average amount for a woman in her second trimester is less than a pound a week.
When to Call Your Healthcare Provider as Labour Starts

When to Call Your Healthcare Provider as Labour Starts

August 11, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

In real life (versus TV), labour tends to be more drawn out. It's not usually necessary to contact your healthcare provider or go to the hospital right away.

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