Preparing for parenthood (antenatal contact)

When you are around 28 weeks pregnant, you will have an opportunity to meet with a health visitor from your local team during your pregnancy. This is an important chance to discuss your pregnancy, your baby’s wellbeing and preparing you and your partner for parenthood.

 

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During your appointment, which you will be offered when you're around 28 weeks pregnant, you will have the chance to discuss:

  • Information on the latest research of how parenting can impact on a child’s developing brain
  • The importance of positive interaction and sensitive parenting to support your child’s emotional development from birth
  • Advice and support on preparing to feed your baby in the early days, with information on breastfeeding and formula feeding
  • Coping with crying and tiredness
  • The support that you as new parents may find useful and the services available in your local area.

Did you know...? Pregnant women need to be taking 10 micrograms of Vitamin D supplements every day to help healthy bone development in your unborn baby. You'll also need to carry on taking Vitamin D supplements while breastfeeding, and babies/young children need supplements until they are five years old. Speak to your health visitor for more information about why Vitamin D is important. Find out for more on the supplements you and your baby need during pregnancy.

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Promoting Emotional Wellbeing: Learn how to grow your baby’s brain

Recommended reading for parents to be and new parents

  1. Gerhardt S (2004) Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain (Hove: Routledge) ISBN 978-1-58391-817-3

  2. Sunderland M (2007) What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child’s development (London: Dorling Kindersley) ISBN 978-1-4053-2036-8