A new baby is a gift

Bringing a child into the world comes with many emotional, physical and spiritual changes.

As a new parent or carer, you will be prepared for some of these and others may be unexpected.

Strong culture is vital for the health and wellbeing of your family, and will give your baby a sense of connection and identity after birth.

Everyone plays a role in growing baby strong during this time.

During pregnancy, your baby needs:

During pregnancy, you may be:

  • planning to be parents
  • eating more nutritious foods
  • coming up with future hopes and goals
  • changing physical, emotional and mental health
  • changing diet and lifestyle
  • budgeting
  • getting a house
  • making the home environment safe
  • getting vaccinations
  • planning for birth
  • learning about infant feeding
  • getting other kids to school while away at hospital
  • getting ready to leave home/community.

At your Early Years Place or Family Support Service, there are people you can chat to about your growing bub during pregnancy. Find out more.

Published — 20 February 2019 Last updated — 11 March 2019

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