Without a doubt, having a baby is a life-changing experience. And it can sometimes feel overwhelming as you prepare for the many changes you’ll face. By learning all about pregnancy, childbirth, and the basics of newborn care, you’ll feel better prepared and ready for the challenges ahead.
In this course, you’ll learn how the different stages of pregnancy will affect your body, your moods and emotions, and even your relationships. We take a look at the latest nutrition, diet, and exercise information, how pregnancy can change your sex life, and how to financially prepare for your baby. We’ll even learn about ways you can cultivate a strong support network to help you through these transitions. We will review different types of childbirth preparation classes, how to choose your healthcare provider, and options for where you would like to give birth. We also cover the basic physical aspects of childbirth and taking care of mom and baby after the birth.
The goal of this class is to help you feel more confident and calm in the many choices you have throughout your pregnancy and birthing time. The first step to a happy and healthy pregnancy is a happy and healthy you. This class is designed to inform, encourage, and support you during this amazing time of life.
In this first lesson, we’ll examine the basics of pregnancy. We’ll discuss the basics of a prenatal appointment and what to expect with your first doctor’s visit, and we’ll talk about common fears and worries that pregnant women experience—and how to address them. Then, learn all about diet, nutrition, and exercise during pregnancy.
In this lesson, we’ll discuss the changing emotions associated with pregnancy. You’ll learn about physical causes for these emotional shifts, as well as some of the common feelings and experiences of mothers-to-be. Then, we’ll examine the basics of effective communication. Pregnancy comes with many changes to your life, so it’s a great time to strengthen your communication skills.
Learn the most common physical changes you can expect, as well as some less common changes. We’ll talk about what to look out for that might be cause for concern, and we’ll also discuss some discomforts you might be feeling and how you can remedy them. Then, we’ll look at some of the major lifestyle changes that can occur during pregnancy, including how and when you sleep and adjustments to your sex life.
Take a look at social dilemmas you’re likely to face and social trends affecting your pregnancy and birth. Then, we’ll discuss various birth options, and examine the key differences between them. We’ll also talk about the types of childbirth preparation classes you can take, and we’ll discuss doulas and their role in the birth process.
In this lesson, we’ll review some important planning you might want to consider before your baby arrives, and we’ll look at how your finances are likely to change and how you can prepare for these changes. Then, learn what you can expect to feel and experience as your body prepares to give birth.
We’ll go over what you can expect a baby to look and act like in the first few weeks in the world. You’ll learn about your baby’s senses, reflexes, and patterns for sleeping, waking, and eating. And we’ll also review some of the decisions new parents have to make about a baby’s medical and personal care. And finally, we’ll discuss how you can prepare for the first few days and weeks after giving birth.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.