Just as important as keeping your child safe and happy is making sure you have a healthy pregnancy. There’s lots you can do before your baby arrives, from making sure you get the right vitamins to taking care of your mental health. We’ve rounded up the best support and advice available in Oldham and online during those first nine months.
If you want to find out how pregnancy changes week by week, this NHS website is a great place to start.
- Pregnancy week-by-week – nhs.uk website
This comprehensive guide will get you up to speed on what to expect during pregnancy, birth and feeding.
- Pregnancy, baby and parenting – Start for life website
Health visitors from the Institute of Health Visiting for pregnancy have some advice for pregnancy and beyond:
- Top Tips for Parents – Institute of Health Visiting website
This website has lots of information about having a healthy pregnancy and how to prepare for birth:
- Antenatal Education – My birth my choice website
Struggling to give up smoking? There’s lots of advice on the NHS website.
- Breastfeeding and smoking – nhs.uk website
- Vitamins, supplements and nutrition in pregnancy – nhs.uk website
You might be entitled to help with getting healthy food and milk:
- Get help to buy food and milk – Healthy Start website
You might also be eligible for vitamins under Healthy Start. But if you aren’t, expectant and breastfeeding mums can buy vitamins for 80p and children’s vitamin drops for £1.60. Collect and buy Oldham’s Family Hubs or Children’s Centres.
Baby Buddy is an app crammed with bitesize advice on pregnancy to parenting:
It’s important to look after your mental health when you’re pregnant – and there’s lots of support available.
- Mental health in pregnancy – Royal College of Psychiatrists website