I'm expecting - Questions and answers

  1. How can I help with caring for the baby as a new dad?

    Parenthood is a shared responsibility and dads play an important role. For example, you can:

    • comfort the baby
    • bathe your baby
    • change the diapers
    • share other household duties with your partner, such as cooking and cleaning

    During pregnancy, babies can hear your voice and feel your touch. Start to develop your relationship with your baby by talking and singing to them.

    Learn more about your new role as a dad in the early months.

  2. When should I go to my doctor if I just found out that I'm pregnant?

    It is very important that you consult a doctor, nurse practitioner or midwife as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. A health care provider will advise you on how to have and maintain a healthy pregnancy. For example, your health care provider will advise that you take folic acid supplements to support your baby's development.

    You may also discuss:

    • healthy nutrition
    • exercise
    • how to avoid toxic substances and stress
    • how to cope with all the changes that pregnancy brings

    Early care leads to a healthier pregnancy.

    Going to prenatal classes can also improve your pregnancy health. Find out about local programs through your local public health unit.

  3. Is it true that I can eat more during pregnancy?

    It is often said that a pregnant woman can eat for two. Think of this more as a responsibility to make healthy choices. You are the only source of nutrients for your baby and you want to give them the best you can.

    Weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy. Check the recommended range of weight gains for pregnant women. Eat a balanced diet and try to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. This could include activities such as walking, swimming, bike riding, low-impact aerobics or yoga.

    If you have concerns about rapid or slow weight gain, consult your health care provider. This may have an impact on your pregnancy.

  4. Can I continue to smoke during my pregnancy?

    All tobacco smoke, including second hand smoke, is bad for you and your baby. You should not smoke while you are pregnant and your baby should not be exposed to tobacco smoke after they’re born.

    Talk to your health care provider to find supports to help you quit smoking during pregnancy.

  5. Where can I get support as a single mom?

    Having a baby can be a challenging experience. It is helpful to have someone you trust to help you with your newborn. A trusted friend or a family member can provide much-needed support.

    You can also find help through prenatal courses. Contact your local Public Health Unit or Ontario Early Years Centre to find more about the available support in your community.

  6. Should I be concerned if my relationship with my partner is changing during my pregnancy?

    Pregnancy can bring many changes to couples. This could be a change in their sexual relationship or a sudden uncertainty about their future with a new baby. Sometimes these changes can cause frustration and worry. You need to speak openly with your partner about your feelings. Talk to your health care professional or a counsellor if anger and unhappiness become stronger in your relationship.

    Sometimes the problems you already have in your relationship can worsen after the baby is born. Ask for help if your partner:

    • hurts or threatens you
    • tells you what to do all the time
    • is overly suspicious
    • limits your relationship with other people
    • uses money, sex or threats as a way of controlling you

    You need to keep yourself and your baby safe from emotional or physical abuse.

    Witnessing violence hurts children’s healthy development just as much as being hurt themselves.

    Take care of your child and yourself by getting help. Ontario has programs and services to help women and their children live free of domestic violence.

  7. What can I do if I am feeling sad and anxious?

    It's not always easy to adapt to all the changes that come with pregnancy. It is normal to feel tired or worried sometimes. If you feel alone, sad, confused or worried a lot of the time, talk to your health care provider or a nurse at your local Public Health Unit.

    Help is also available through the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program. This program provides additional support to pregnant women who may need it.

    Learn more about emotional health during pregnancy.

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