Parenting Resources You Will Want to Have
I wanted to make a quick post regarding reliable and trustworthy resources for parents or parents-to-be . Below are the sites I found helpful during pregnancy and as a new mom. I was very weary when Dr. Googling (which was an addiction of mine) because I did not want a random person's opinion. I wanted FACTS!
Have a peak at these parent resources by clicking the site title, and hopefully they will help you find some useful info, and as always, comment or email me if you have a question!
They offer good advice with most of their articles coming from experts. Baby Center has other sites as well, such as Baby.com and Pregnancy.com.
You can download their app and track everything from pregnancy to baby milestones. If you are looking for some solid expert advice, I would search this site or join a relevant forum here.
What to Expect :Book Series
I am a firm believer in taking mom advice with a grain of salt. Because each pregnancy and child is so vastly different, do the appropriate research but know that just because it is written in a book, it may not stand true for you.
I do recommend picking up some "What to Expect" books from your library or bookstore because they may (or may not) settle your mind from all of the racing questions a new mom may have.
This website is here to help you with planning a pregnancy and what medication may or may not be considered a risk while pregnant. I was introduced to this resource by my amazing Nurse Practitioner, Tina, because I was on medication when we decided to try for a second baby.
By contacting Mothers Risk, Tina could tell me that although I was on medication, I still had the green light to try for baby #2 based of of Mothers Risk's findings. They informed her that the medication and dose I was on had been highly studied and carried a low risk factor.
Your Doctor, Midwife or Nurse Practitioner
Sometimes finding a doctor that you trust fully with your pregnancy can be pretty tricky. Therefore, it is always helpful to know that you have options. If you have a family doctor that you trust, consider yourself lucky and away you go.
I did not know my doctor that well when I got pregnant. One appointment I had was moved to my doctors nurse practitioner, whom I clicked with right away. She was a mom to 6 kids (eek!) and spoke to me on a mom to mom level. Most importantly, she never made me feel rushed during appointments. I could go to her with a list of questions and she would happily sit down and answer them. I trusted her completely and felt so blessed to have had her during this time!
Another option is a midwife. I have heard many great things about this approach, including new mom education and assistance with breastfeeding after delivery. If you want that personal touch and direct flexible access to your health provider, I would suggest looking in to a midwife.
This is a Canadian website that has the 411 on breastfeeding. They include informative blogs, communities you can join, as well as tons of helpful information. For some, breastfeeding may come easily. For others, like myself, every feeding was a struggle and I needed all of the help I could get!
That's right! Do not forget all of those other moms in your family, friend or community circle. Living on a military base hours from my friends and family, I had little support while pregnant. Because of this, almost every encounter that I had with another mom became a full parenting interview. Like, "Does labor hurt? When do they sleep through the night? How many times a day do you change their diaper?"
Before I had my son, I had never actually held a baby before. Being the youngest in my family, babies and pregnancy and everything in between was totally alien to me. I had no clue what I was doing! But you will be amazed how much other moms (even strangers) are willing to take the time to answer your questions and give you some much needed reassurance.
About Kids Health
Must have website! Made by the Sick Kids Hospital, this website is your go to place for health related questions about your kids. They have a comprehensive alphabetized list of health subject that you can easily browse through.
Pregnancy or milestone questions? You can find that here too. I found out about this awesome site when I was at the emergency room for my son, and the emergency doctor pulled up this website to teach me about what his diarrhea could mean. This website should be given to new moms when they leave the delivery ward!
This is a Canadian based program that is not run in every city. If you would like some assistance in finding a similiar resource near you, I can do my best to help if you send me an email. In my town, the Early Years Center was a godsend. It is a physical building that holds group meetings such as car seat safety, breastfeeding and Daddy and Me nights (with dinner!). During the day they run a playgroup out of their gym. They also have a nursery section for the little ones.
Here you can meet other moms, speak to the staff and find helpful books and brochures....for free! They also provide a program called Early Intervention (my son was referred by his physiotherapist) for kids struggling in certain areas of their development. For my son, he was a very late walker. It turned out he just wanted to make me sweat a little and nothing was actually wrong, but it was very comforting to have Early Intervention come in to my house weekly to rule everything out.
For more tips have a look at Baby Basics You Definately Need!
I hope that these resources can open your eyes to all of the support that is out there for pregnant women and new moms. I cannot guarantee these services will be available to everyone, but know that you are not alone!
Please leave a comment if you have any other great resources not mentioned in the article! Let's grow together!