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We've compiled a list of useful books and web resources that may be of interest to women and families who are expecting. By purchasing these books from Amazon (via these links only), a portion (5-15%) of the proceeds will go to support the St. Francis Foundation's Celebrate the Children program, at no additional cost to you.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting

This traditional, popular guide to pregnancy covers every possible aspect of the prenatal period: pregnancy tests; choosing a caregiver; month-by-month fetal development; eating correctly; sex during pregnancy; common illness symptoms; and childbirth options, including Cesarean section and pain medications.
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The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-be

An information-packed guide to all the emotional, financial and physical changes the father-to-be may experience during the course of his partner's pregnancy. Incorporating the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists, this book is filled with sound advice and practical tips for men, as well as New Yorker-style cartoons that will keep anxious fathers-to-be chuckling.
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Pregnancy Nutrition: Good Health for You and Your Baby

This new entry in the "Nutrition Now" series pulls together in a concise format everything women need to know to eat right through pregnancy, including prenatal practical food tips, frequently asked questions, and what it really means to "eat for two."
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Here's the 35th-anniversary edition of the big book on breastfeeding, written by the experts at La Leche League International. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a comprehensive resource guide providing just about everything you need to know about how--and why--to breastfeed your baby.
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The Nursing Mother's Companion

This bestseller, in its third edition, provides new information on identifying a baby at risk for underfeeding, nursing while working, and handling a premature baby. Details on special mothers and babies include facts about diabetes, a survival guide for the first months, and general breast health.
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American Academy of Pediatrics: New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding

Here is everything new mothers need to know about breastfeeding. It covers preparing for breastfeeding before your baby is born; breastfeeding benefits for mothers and babies; establishing a nursing routine and what to do when you return to work; the father's role and creating a postpartum support network; breastfeeding beyond infancy; weaning your baby; solutions to common breastfeeding challenges, and much more.
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American Academy of Pediatrics: Guide to Your Child's Sleep, Birth to Adolescence

Packed with practical tips, this guide offers invaluable information, answers questions from parents, and provides reassuring advice for preventing SIDS, getting your baby to sleep through the night, and solving sleep-wake problems. Above all, the Academy weighs in on the controversies over the most popular child-sleep advice|by evaluating the pros and cons of these conflicting theories|enabling parents to make the best decisions for their families.
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American Academy of Pediatrics: Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age Five

The first half of this hefty text serves as a comprehensive parenting manual, and includes a month-by-month guide to the first year, nutritional information, basic care instructions, and physical, emotional, and social developmental milestones for children up to 5 years old. The second half of the book includes a thorough, easy-to-navigate emergency first-aid section, plus detailed information about childhood illnesses, immunization schedules and side effects, and family structures, as well as a discussion of behavioral issues.
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What to Expect the First Year

Is our baby eating enough? Is this much crying normal? How do I know when she is really sick? The three authors, all mothers themselves, are calm, clear, and encouraging as they tackle the first year of child-rearing, month by month. The easy-to-absorb, chronological format includes sections such as "What Your Baby May Be Doing," "What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkups," "Feeding Your Baby This Month," "What You May Be Concerned About," and "What It's Important to Know."
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What to Expect the Toddler Years

Another book in the "What to Expect" series provides comprehensive, lively, and reassuring coverage of the toddler ages of two and three. Graduates of What to Expect When You're Expecting and What to Expect the First Year will appreciate this guide to the difficult toddler years, presented in the same format as the other "What to Expect" books.
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Whose Idea Was It To Call It Morning Sickness If It Lasts All Day?

It's one of the most common misconceptions about pregnancy - that morning sickness happens only in the morning. And for that matter, that it only happens in the first trimester! This may be true for some, but many women who experience nausea during pregnancy find that it can happen anytime – and it doesn’t always stop with the second trimester. Read more >>

Gestational Diabetes

If you’re pregnant, it’s a safe bet that you’ve had sugar on the brain – in the form of chocolate, milkshakes or brownies. But for many pregnant women, their thoughts aren’t about sweet treats, but blood sugar. While gestational diabetes is relatively common, it is also can be serious. Read more >>

Overcoming Postpartum Depression

It is not uncommon for women to experience some degree of emotional let down after giving birth. Crying for no reason, irritability, restlessness and anxiety are all common, especially the first two weeks. It’s only when these feeling do not go away within a few weeks, or that they are severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning that you should seek treatment. Read more >>

Elective Labor Induction

One of the most important questions asked by expectant mothers is, "When will my baby be born?" Many women also want to know if it's possible to plan the delivery date of their baby. Discuss the information in this handout with your healthcare provider. Together, the two of you can make the best decision for a positive birth experience for you and your baby. Read more >>

Baby Safety Checklist

September is National Baby Safety Month. In honor of this special month, we are providing you with a plan to tighten up your safety belts in and around the house. Set aside a small amount of time every day, mark it on your calendar and then follow this plan to a safer environment for your baby. Read more >>

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Three Tips for Braving the Cold with Baby 

Tip #1
Do not dress your baby in bulky clothing when he or she is in the car seat. The harness or belts may not close properly and could be dangerous in event of a crash. Instead, remove your baby's coat and strap baby in the car seat as usual. You can use his or her coat as a blanket during the car ride, then put the coat back on once you arrive at your destination.
Tip #2
Even when temperatures drop, don't put baby to bed with a blanket. Using a wearable blanket is fine, but loose blankets could end up around baby's head, making it difficult to breathe.
Tip #3
While babies sometimes do need help maintaining their body temperature, it's best not to bundle them up too much when indoors. Your baby feels temperature much like you do, so if you're a little chilly in the house, he or she may also need a sweater or blanket. However, he or she probably does not need a sleeper, a sweater, a hat and a blanket while indoors. Your baby will get overheated just like you would!

The Two Vaccines Every Pregnant Woman Needs

Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, pregnant women are strongly recommended to receive both a flu vaccine and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine during pregnancy.  As a pregnant woman, your immune system doesn't respond to illnesses as quickly as it does normally. In addition, your body is under a lot of stress (especially in the second and third trimesters) with a reduced lung capacity and increased work on the part of your heart. It's easy to see why your body may not be at its disease-fighting prime when pregnant. Learn more>>

Post-Partum Surprises: 7 Things Moms Don't Expect

Sometimes we focus so much on the pregnancy that we forget about the post-partum period. We'll help you prepare for some common "surprises" after you give birth, and let you know what's not normal. Read more>>

Pain Relief During Labor: Weighing Your Options

Many factors affect the pain you may feel during labor. The size and position of the baby, the strength of your contractions, and your own pain tolerance all play a part. The first step in managing your pain during labor is to learn about your options and make a tentative plan. But stay flexible - you may change your mind as labor progresses. These are the main options you have for pain management during childbirth: Read more>>

Will I Ever Sleep After Baby?

I opened up my friend's Facebook page ready to see some sweet newborn pictures to ooh and ahh over, and was met with a status update that read: "Will I ever sleep again? Seriously, will I?" She had delivered her sweet baby about two weeks before, and while I imagined her life was full of picture-perfect new mommy moments, this post shook me back into reality.
The truth is, there is a lot to learn when it comes to taking care of a newborn. At first it seems pretty straightforward - babies need food, sleep, clean diapers and lots of love, right? But when you are in the trenches and getting much less sleep than you're used to, it can seem a lot more complicated. You think to yourself: is he crying because he's hungry or because he's cold? How many wet diapers has he had today - is that normal? Should I wake her now so she might sleep more tonight? Is bathing making her skin dry or is it dry because she's not being bathed enough?
See how it can get overwhelming? That's why it is a good idea for first time parents to prepare for the realities of life with a newborn. Our Caring for Baby and Birth to 10 Days classes are wonderful opportunities to learn what those first few weeks will really be like. The classes cover topics like what's normal and what's not concerning sleep, what to try if your baby won't stop crying, the latest updates on how to keep your baby safe, how much and how often to feed your baby, how to diaper swaddle and bathe your baby, even what's normal and what's not when it comes to the contents of your baby's diaper.
These tips can give you a great base of knowledge to draw from when these questions arise at 2 a.m., and in no time, you will feel like a parenting pro!

New-Mom Heart Truths

•    If you have sudden chest pain or shortness of breath while pregnant, don't assume it's a harmless side effect of your condition. Though the risk is small - only 1 in every 16,000 women - the incidence of having a heart attack during pregnancy has increased, likely due to more women having children later in life.
•    When nursing, take heart! Nursing for more than three months can help you shed belly fat, which could reduce your overall risk of heart disease, a University of Pittsburgh study shows.

The Benefits of Waiting

As you near the end of your pregnancy, it's common to be tired and just plain "tired of being pregnant!" At that point, it may be tempting to discuss inducing labor or even an elective C-section with your doctor. You may think, "What difference does a week or two really make?" Though you feel that the baby is big enough and ready to be born, there are several reasons that it's important to wait and try to let nature run its course if you and the baby are healthy.
The March of Dimes reports that a baby's brain at 35 weeks of gestation weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 39-40 weeks. Those last few weeks of pregnancy are so important for your baby's brain and other vital organs like his lungs to fully develop and mature. He will be more able to maintain his body temperature and will often have an easier time feeding if he is born closer to your due date. During those last few weeks, your baby will continue to gain the weight he needs as well.
Sometimes mom or baby may not be healthy and induction of labor or a C-section may be necessary. In cases like these, you'll need to discuss all your options with your physician. If your pregnancy is proceeding without complications though, try to be patient and let your baby come on his or her own-you'll be glad you did!

Pumping 101

Pumping seems pretty straightforward at first - just pump some extra milk to have on hand in case you are not available to nurse or if you want to start building a stored supply when you go back to work. But wait - if I pump now, will my baby get enough milk at the next feeding? Should I pump one or both sides at the same time? What's the safest way to store the milk once I've pumped it? Here are some of the most common questions about pumping, answered by our Certified Lactation Consultants.
Do I Need a Breast Pump?
The answer to that question really depends on what your situation will be once your baby arrives. If you plan on staying home with your baby and breastfeeding exclusively, you may not need a pump at all or possibly just a manual or single electric one. However, if you're interested in letting someone else feed your baby with a bottle fairly frequently, you might want to invest in a good quality pump. If you're going back to work and plan to pump there, you'll definitely need a good-quality double electric breast pump. Start thinking now about how you'll fit pumping into your work schedule and discuss options with your supervisor on where you'll be able to pump comfortably at work.
When Should I Pump?
Before you return to work, it may help to have some breast milk already stored away in your freezer. You can start your collection by choosing one or two times a day where you can consistently pump immediately after nursing your baby. You probably won't get much milk at first, but, if you keep it up, your supply should start to increase.
How Should I Store Breast Milk?
You'll find many different sources that tell you how to safely store your breast milk. One simple way to remember how to properly store your breast milk is "The Rule of 5's." That means freshly expressed breast milk can sit out at room temperature for 5 hours. Breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days and in the freezer for 5 months.
Want more info like this? Be sure to sign up for our Breastfeeding class before delivery. Remember, you can call our Certified Lactation Consultants at 864-675-4215 for any of your breastfeeding questions.