PREGNANCY

GENERAL RESOURCES

Baby’s Best Chance
Healthy Families BC
Caring for Kids – Information for Parents from Canada’s paediatricians
Best Start – Reproductive health booklets
Mothers Naturally – Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth
O Mama – guide for the childbearing year and beyond from BORN Ontario
A Guide to Informed Decision Making
The Cochrane Collaboration
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Prenatal Care Checklist – Perinatal Services BC

ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH

Anxiety BC – for Mothers-to-be
Bounce Back – Canadian Mental Health Association
Beyond Blue, Australia – Pregnancy and New Parents
Here to Help – Online screening for depression, anxiety, mood disorders
Centre for Clinical Interventions – Resources for consumers, mental health practitioners and doctors

DENTAL HEALTH IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy & Dental Health – HealthLink BC

DIETARY & NUTRITION

Canadian Food Guide
Staying Healthy on a Vegetarian Diet – from the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Folic Acid – Public Health Agency Canada
Folate and Folic Acid in Pregnancy – HealthLink BC
Minerals – common dietary sources of essential minerals
Dietary Sources of Iron – HealthLink BC
Dietary Sources of Calcium – HealthLink BC
Healthy Pregnancy BC
Listeriosis and Foodborne Illness in Pregnancy – HealthLink BC
Pregnancy & Food Safety – BC Centre for Disease Control

EXERCISE

Exercise & Pregnancy – BC Women’s Hospital
Healthy Physical Activity in Pregnancy – Healthy Families BC
Exercising Safely in Pregnancy – Healthy Families BC
Physical Activity Readiness

FETAL MOVEMENT

Monitoring Your Baby’s Movements – Fetal Movement or “Kick Count” Charting(pdf)

FLU SHOTS IN PREGNANCY

Influenza Vaccines – HealthLink BC
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness – Cochrane review

GENETIC SCREENING

BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program – Perinatal Services BC
NIPT-Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing – Perinatal Services BC
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Down Syndrome Pregnancy.org
Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome – A New Parent’s Guide to the First Month

GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Pregnancy and Diabetes – Diabetes Canada
Living with Gestational Diabetes – Diabetes Canada
1 hr Glucose Screening – Laboratory locations, hours and fasting instructions (fasting ONLY required for 2 hrs GTT test) (pdf)

HYPERTENSIVE DISORDERS IN PREGNANCY

What are Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy? – Association of Ontario Midwives

MEDICATION & DRUG EXPOSURE IN PREGNANCY

Motherisk – Medication use and Drug Exposure in Pregnancy
More Medication use and Drug Exposure in Pregnancy websites
Substance use: drugs, alcohol and cigarettes

NAUSEA & VOMITING IN PREGNANCY

Guidelines from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy – an updated algorithm – Motherisk (pdf)

PERINEAL MASSAGE

Perineal Massage – from the American College of Nurse-Midwives

PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH

The Hab-it website and DVD – Made by a physiotherapist to restore pelvic floor and supporting muscles
Squats for Pelvic Floor
Kegel Exercises – How To Guide from Baby Center USA
Kegel Exercises – BC Women’s

RH FACTORS (For RH Negative Clients)

RH factor – HealthLink BC

SMOKING CESSATION

Health Canada – On the Road to Quitting brochure
Quit Now.ca

TWINS & MULTIPLES

Multiple Births Canada
Naturally Parenting Twins
Twin Pregnancies & Multiple Births – Twins UK
Breastfeeding and weaning twins – Twins UK

ULTRASOUNDS

Frequently Asked Questions about Prenatal Ultrasounds – Island Health

Employment & Maternity Leave

EI Maternity and Parental Benefits – Government of Canada
Employment Standards Act – Government of BC

PREGNANCY LOSS, STILL BIRTH, NEWBORN LOSS

Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriage – HealthLink BC
Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriage Resources – BC Women’s Hospital
Still Birth – HealthLink BC
Still Birth & Newborn Loss Resources – BC Women’s Hospital
Grief & Grieving – HealthLink BC
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Network – Sunnybrook Hospital. Website provides resources for parents
October 15 – October 15 is Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day. This website provides resources to support families and events to honour losses
Bereavement, Miscarriage & Baby Loss Resources – List of resources for bereavement, miscarriage and baby loss (pdf)

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