Expecting Moms Timeline

Click on the timeline below to access resources and learn more about pregnancy and birth.

Newly Pregnant

  • Understanding Your Options

    Do you know all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family?

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  • Educate Yourself

    Have you signed up for a childbirth education class, read any pregnancy and birthing books, watched documentaries yet? Get a sense of what birth options are available to you.

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  • 5 Steps to a Healthy Birth

    Do you feel overwhelmed by all the birth information? Start with these 5 steps to guide you through the process of making your decisions.

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Planning Your Birth

  • Your Birth Team

    Have you decided on your birth team? Use our provider network to find the best possible match for you.

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  • Your Birth Environment

    Where will you feel best supported and safest birthing? Start here to explore to your personal philosophy and vision for your birth.

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  • Preparing for Labor and Delivery

    Have you researched different labor coping strategies and pain management techniques? Use our provider directory to explore a birth doula, learn about epidurals and learn what feels right for you.

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Postpartum Health

  • Caring for your newborn

    What are the ways you want to bond and care for your baby immediately after birth? Learn more from our professionals.

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  • Breastfeeding and Beyond

    Do you want to make sure you have support for breastfeeding? Read our stories and find providers that can help with any of your questions or challenges.

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  • Caring for Yourself

    Have you remembered to plan good care techniques for yourself? Learn more on how new moms find ways to connect with other new moms and birth professionals to get the support they need in the early weeks.

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Caring for Yourself

At first, becoming a new mother makes self-care challenging, but this is a time when it’s also most important. Taking care of yourself first will allow you to take care of your baby.

Before, during, and after labor, your hormones are in constant flux, yielding potentially powerful emotions. A traumatic birth experience can negatively impact your mental state, too. As your body transitions, you may experience feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, baby blues, postpartum depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. These mixed emotions are completely normal—and accompany any massive life change. It’s important that you stay tuned into these feelings, and share with your loved ones, other moms, and your care providers.

In addition to taking care of yourself psychologically, be sure to take care of yourself physically through healthy diet and physical activity. Seek out services and supports in your community for everything ranging from pelvic floor and abdominal rehabilitation to pain to sexual dysfunction. If you are breastfeeding, your newborn will directly benefit from this self-care as well.

Need help staying healthy and happy after labor? Find postpartum counselors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, newborn mom groups, and bodyworkers in your area on the CiC Provider Network. You can also find some helpful information, including video clips, from Women’s Health Foundation and Healthy Women.