A birthing individual exposed to second-hand smoke is 20 percent more likely to give birth to a low birthweight baby. Second hand cigarette smoke can cause early death and disease among children.
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Seek to end substance use and do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
Treat Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
If a birthing individual is infected with an STD she and her baby face serious risks. Some could be life-threatening. Get screened and treated for STD. Be careful and take steps to prevent the spread of STDs.
Encourage your partner to eat healthy, stay physically active and practice self-care. Be a role model. Do the same yourself. Better still, do them together.
Encourage your partner to get the medical care they need and to follow her treatment plan(s).
A partner’s health is as important as a pregnant individual’s own health. Don’t forget to take care of yourself! It’s important to prioritize your health while supporting your pregnant partner. You may not have the growing belly, but you do need take care of yourself. Below are wellness ideas for your incredible journey to parenthood.
If you often feel depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, ask a healthcare provider for help in managing these emotions.
If you are working, plan ahead to help you and your employer prepare for your time away from work.
Becoming a parent can be overwhelming. Many feel just the way you do. You are not alone. Asking for help is okay and smart.
Try to figure out what makes you stressed. and talk to someone about it- your partner, a friend, a family member, or your health care provider.
Don’t hesitate to seek help when you need it. Ask your partner, family, or friends. Build a support network of people you trust. And accept help when offered.
Do what helps you relax. Play video games. Listen to music. Practice deep breathing exercises.
Try to stay healthy and fit by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, and approval, exercising every day, with your health care provider’s permission – consider walking, dancing, taking an exercise class.
Learn about what to expect when your baby arrives. Go to prenatal visits with your partner. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed. Ask the health care provider for trusted sources of information. Many internet sites are NOT reliable.
If feeling overwhelmed, cut back on things that are not really necessary. Whenever you feel tired – rest.