Learning that you are pregnant is one of those life-altering moments. With a new life growing inside you, learning about how to keep you and your new baby healthy becomes your full time job. Health education for mothers will never be more important than at this moment.
Sources of Information
Many women, especially first time mothers will turn to their own mothers and other family members for their information. There is definitely some practical, hands-on knowledge to be gained there but it isn’t the most reliable way to gain health education information. Technology changes, advances in science alter the way we think about things and obviously, the experiences of one woman are no guarantee that your experiences will be the same.
The information you get from your own doctor will be invaluable as you progress through the months of pregnancy. He will take a complete medical history so he is prepared for things that your history might reveal to him such as difficult births or twins that run in your family. He can also explain symptoms – which are normal and which are worrisome. He will prepare you for how your body will change as your baby grows and your delivery time draws near.
Your doctor can help you choose a healthy menu to keep you and your baby vital and strong during the coming months. He can talk to you about the types of childbirth options available to you. BY having this information, you are educating yourself so you can make the right choices for you and your baby, choices that will affect the rest of your child’s life.
There are also a great many books available on the topic of pregnancy, delivery and health. Be sure to choose books by reputable sources. Avoid books by unknown authors or without any type of accreditation.
Health education related to caring for your newborn is also of great importance to the pregnant mom. Learning how to care for your infant, what signs to watch for that might indicate illness and how to do the simple things like taking a temperature or giving medication are part of mothering.
Health education for pregnant mothers covers a wide range of topics. Fortunately, a pregnancy last nine months and you probably have plenty of time. There is no need to learn it all overnight but there is no time like the present to get started.