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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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Writing Your Birth Plan or Birth Wishes

Writing Your Birth Plan or Birth Wishes

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Once you go into labour, you may not be able to control your surroundings. So many women write up a birth plan.
Telling Pre-Labour and True Labour Apart

Telling Pre-Labour and True Labour Apart

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

It's easy to confuse pre-labour with true labour. Here's a list of signs to help you tell the difference.
Special Issues With Multiple Births

Special Issues With Multiple Births

August 12, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

If you're expecting more than one baby, you already know you'll be facing extra challenges as parents.
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.
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.

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