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Facing Infertility - How Will My Relationships With My Friends Change When I'm Pregnant And They're Not?

Posted by Pregnant Paula on Jul 19, 2017 1:07:00 PM

Friends who are or are planning on being parents will share your joy. There will, likely, be excited conversations of future outings, playdates, and sitter referrals.

 

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How To Get Daddies Involved In The Process Of Parenting

Posted by Pregnant Paula on Jul 17, 2017 12:44:41 PM

His body may not distort or tell him he needs to eat some crazy food combo that even   you raised an eyebrow at when it first popped in your head, but your partner in this life long venture became a parent at the moment conception occurred, too. Keeping him involved from day one is going to strengthen the unbreakable bond between father and child as sure as the bond between mother and child grows stronger as your baby grows inside you.
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Exercising While pregnant: The Do's and Dont's

Posted by Pregnant Paula on Jun 23, 2017 1:56:25 PM

Changes brought on by pregnancy are a lot to comprehend. What was once a normal routine is now changed for the safety of your baby, and that means your exercise routine, too! What exercises can I continue to do while I'm pregnant? What exercises should I avoid? We've got our top and most important do's and don't's for working out while pregnant!

DO talk to your healthcare provider before starting exercise. While exercise is generally safe and actually beneficial for pregnancy, the Mayo Clinic states that there are some complications where exercise should ultimately be avoided. Best way to know if you're a good candidate for exercising? Talking to your doctor first.

DO continue to exercise, but NOT at the same level you did before you were pregnant, says WebMD. Go by what feels comfortable and don't push yourself too hard.

DO start exercising (once you have your doctor's approval), even if you didn't exercise before you got pregnant. An NPR article discusses a JAMA review regarding a former notion that starting exercise for the first time during pregnancy was dangerous has now been accepted as a myth.

DON'T ignore warning signs that you are over-exerting or unsafely exercising. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, these changes include vaginal bleeding, dizziness or faintness, shortness of breath, headaches, weakness in the muscles, painful uterine contractions, pain or cramping of the calves, and vaginal fluid leakage. If you experiences these or any other changes, you should stop all exercise and see a healthcare provider immediately.

DON'T do crunches after the first trimester, warns Fit Pregnancy. This can cause dizziness or nausea by suppressing a major blood vessel. Talk to your doctor for safer alternatives for a core workout.

Adapting to pregnancy is difficult, but with your healthcare provider's guidance, continuing or even starting exercise is helpful and may even relieve symptoms brought on by pregnancy. So get moving, for both of you!

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Cheat Sheet for New Dads and Expectant Fathers

Posted by Daddy To Be Don on Jun 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a new dad, your time is going to be at a premium. At Newborncourse.com, we understand that. So let's get to it.

  • Consider FMLA

In the United States, the Family Medical Leave Act entitles you to take unpaid leave without risk of losing your job. Some forward-thinking companies offer paid paternity leave. If yours does, take advantage of that without a second thought. The time frame when your child first enters the world is one you can never get back. If at all possible take the time off work to be there 24/7 with your partner and child in the beginning. It's important for bonding with baby, for your relationship with your partner, and for your own mental health.

  • Ask for and accept help from friends/family

Recognize that there will be times when the demands outweigh the possibilities. You may become overwhelmed, particularly in the beginning. This is a time to lean on family and friends, many of whom want nothing more than to be there for you. Allow them to do that. You'll be a better man for it.

  • Forgive yourself

No one walks in to the fatherhood game knowing everything they need to know. Building your skill set as a new dad parallels learning a new skill set for any job or hobby. It takes time. And along the way, when you're just getting your feet, you will drop the ball. Don't beat yourself up over it. Learn from it and move forward.

  • Connect with other new dads

There is no need to feel alone. Whether online or in real life, connecting with other men who are experiencing the same things you are is incredibly helpful. Seek them out. You'll be glad you did.

  • Enlist the help of a professional

When you have a newborn with special physical needs, an adopted child with psychological issues, or a blended family where one or more members are not coping well with the change, waste no time in enlisting the help of a professional. Depending on your situation, that may mean family counseling, guidance from faith leaders in your own spiritual community, individual psychotherapy for one or more family members, or an entire cadre of specialist physicians. The key is to know when you're out of your league as far as physical or psychiatric issues. 

To get the basics covered, educate yourself before baby even comes home. Our courses will ensure that you're equipped to deal with the common challenges that come with caring for the newest addition to your family.

  • Make your relationship with your significant other a top priority

Your relationship with your significant other can take a major hit when a new child enters the picture. Don't let it happen. Make regular "dates" and keep them. Understand that one of the greatest favors you can do for your child is to demonstrate for them when a healthy, loving, adult relationship looks like.

  • Take a step back when you need a break

Don't be afraid to step away for a few minutes when you need it. That might mean getting out of the house for a few hours while your spouse or responsible older child cares for baby. Take yourself to lunch or a movie, meet for coffee with your best friend, go shoot some hoops at the park. A change of scenery, even for a short time, can rejuvenate you and leave you feeling better equipped to be the great new dad you know you can be.

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Top Ten Tips For New Dads, Stepping Up:

Posted by Daddy To Be Don on Jun 17, 2017 2:00:00 PM
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9 Top Challenges Of Expectant Fathers Or New Dads

Posted by Victoria Welsh RN on Jun 16, 2017 4:35:00 PM

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7 Smart Tips For New Dads

Posted by Seth Norman Greenberg on Jun 15, 2017 4:00:00 PM

As a new dad, your time is going to be at a premium. At Newborncourse.com, we understand that. So let's get to it.

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Top Ten Tips for Flying With a Baby

Posted by Pregnant Paula on Jun 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

  Babies are wonderful, we all know this. However, when flying with our little bundles of joy, they may not always be so wonderful. Things like changing air pressure, unfamiliar noise and sounds, or interrupted schedules can turn even the most laid-back infant into a screaming banshee.  

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  So, what are some ways one can successfully complete a flight with baby in tow? Follow these ten handy tips for an easier (and quieter) time.

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To Suck or Not to Suck: What You Need to Know Pacifiers at Bedtime

Posted by Pregnant Paula on Jun 8, 2017 4:20:01 PM

Babies have a reflexive urge to suck. If you find your little one still fusses at night even after being fed, burped, cuddled, and rocked, sucking a pacifier can be immensely calming for them as they drift off to sleep. Pacifiers are also believed to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by keeping your baby in a lighter state of sleep, meaning it’s less likely that he or she will stop breathing.

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How Does Sex Change When You Are Pregnant? 5 Things Mom didn't share

Posted by Pregnant Paula on May 31, 2017 4:23:30 PM

Your mom probably told you to eat well during pregnancy, take your prenatal vitamins, and enjoy your sleep while you still can. What she didn't tell you was that your sex life would change once you got pregnant. Here are 5 things you need to know.

  1. Your sex drive will probably change. Some women experience a surge in hormones that leads to a much higher-than-usual libido. Others experience the opposite. Either way, good communication with your partner will be key to staying on the same page, even if your feelings on the subject of sex seem to change by the hour.
  2. Your breasts might be closed for business. Nipples can become hypersensitive during pregnancy, and you may shudder at the thought of your partner touching them... or looking at them too long... or thinking about them. Be sure to talk to your partner about it ahead of time and set appropriate expectations.
  3. You might have to get creative. Especially as you move into your third trimester, certain positions might become physically impossible, and your ever-shifting hormones may mean that you need to use lubrication. 
  4. Your bump will tighten up. After sex, your uterus contracts causing your tummy to feel tighter than usual. This is normal and not cause for alarm.
  5. Having sex while pregnant won't hurt the baby. In most normal pregnancies, sex is completely safe. In fact, in some cases, it is good for your little one. Maintaining intimacy with your partner throughout your pregnancy will help you feel more connected and supported, which leads to an overall happier pregnancy. Your mental health can affect your baby's development, so take care to feed your body, mind, and relationship well during this time.Download Your Free Guide On Educational Resources  For Pregnancy And Parenting

Unless you are in a high-risk pregnancy, there's no reason to stop having sex while pregnant. Remember that pregnancy is beautiful and it's ok to embrace sex in your changing body. Have fun with it, don't be afraid to laugh, and talk to your partner about your needs and desires. 

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