PREGNANCY

GENERAL RESOURCES

Baby’s Best Chance – pdf (printed copies no longer available until next edition in 2017)
Healthy Families BC
Right From The Start – Island Health prenatal registration
Caring for Kids – Information for Parents from Canada’s paediatricians
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Prenatal Care Checklist – Perinatal Services BC (pdf)
Best Start – Reproductive health booklets
Mothers Naturally – Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth
A Guide to Informed Decision Making The Cochrane Collaboration
O Mama – guide for the childbearing year and beyond from BORN Ontario

ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH

Anxiety BC – for Mothers-to-be
Bounce Back – Canadian Mental Health Association
Beyond Blue, Australia
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
Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby – Best Start (pdf)
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 – from HealthLink BC
Dietary Sources of Calcium – from HealthLink BC
Healthy Weights for Women
Listeriosis – healthlink BC
Pregnancy & Food Safety – BC Centre for Disease Control (pdf)

EXERCISE

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

FETAL MOVEMENT (Kick Count Chart)

Fetal Movement Chart

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

Gestational Diabetes – Canadian Diabetes Association
Diabetes and Pregnancy – Canadian Diabetes Association
Information about your Glucose Screen – St. Joseph’s Lab dept

HYPERTENSIVE DISORDERS IN PREGNANCY

Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy – pdf

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
Morning Sickness – Motherisk

PERINEAL MASSAGE

Perineal Massage – American College of Nurse-Midwives (pdf)

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

RH FACTORS (For RH Negative Clients)

RH factor – Healthlink BC

SMOKING CESSATION

Health Canada
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 (pdf)

Employment & Maternity Leave

BC Employment Standards Branch
Guide to BC Employment Standards Act
Maternity Leave in Normal Pregnancy (SOGC) – pdf
Quick Guide to Canadian Maternity Leave (2010) – pdf
Employment Insurance (Maternity benefits 1-800-206-7218

PREGNANCY LOSS, STILL BIRTH, NEWBORN LOSS

Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriage – Health Link BC
Pregnancy Loss/Miscarriage Resources – BC Women’s Hospital
Still Birth – Health Link BC
Still Birth & Newborn Loss Resources – BC Women’s Hospital
Grief & Grieving – Health Link BC
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Network – Website provides resources for parents; page takes you to BC specific resources
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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