If you live in Halton Region (Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Georgetown, Halton Hills), here are some things to think about.
Who will care for me throughout my pregnancy?
In most places in Ontario you can be followed by a family doctor, an obstetrician, or a midwife depending on what is available in your community as well as your medical history and your personal preferences. OHIP fully covers your care in all three of these scenarios but you can only have one care provider. That said, if you choose to be followed by a family doctor or a midwife and it turns out that you need more specialized care, you'll be referred to an obstetrician or another specialist.
If you have questions or concerns about early pregnancy, make an appointment with your family
doctor. You can discuss your care options and if you choose to see an obstetrician, you'll need a
referral from your doctor.
If you choose to seek out midwifery care, you do not need a referral; you can apply through the midwives' website. Midwifery care is in high demand in Halton Region so apply early! You'll need to apply to the practice group that serves your area:
All three types of care providers can order the necessary ultrasounds and tests. Your tests will be conducted in either a hospital or a community clinic.
Where will I deliver my baby?
Your choice of care provider will determine your options for where you can deliver your baby. Care providers (i.e. doctors and midwives) have hospital privileges (i.e. they are allowed to attend births) at specific facilities so if you would like your baby to be born at a certain hospital in your area, consider this when you choose a care provider.
Ontario midwives also attend home births for those who are eligible candidates. If you're interested in home birth, speak with a midwife.
What else should I do?
Get your folate and/or folic acid. If you're not already consuming foods that are high in folate (dark green vegetables, corn,or legumes) or taking a folic acid supplement, Health Canada recommends that you take 0.4 mg of folic acid per day to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida in your baby. Neural tube defects are formed in the first four weeks of pregnancy so supplementing as early as possible, ideally before getting pregnant, is recommended. Talk to a doctor or a pharmacist for more information.
Cross your fingers for a good first trimester! Nausea, food aversions, sore breasts, constipation, fatigue...you've heard it all. Whatever comes your way, just know that it won't last forever and it will be worth it. And hey...not everyone experiences those symptoms and you could be one of the lucky ones.
Consider hiring a doula. It's never too early to hire a doula. Although a birth doula typically works with you more in the later months of your pregnancy, you'll be more likely to get your top choice if you book early. Fun pregnancy stuff that doesn't *need* to be done but you might want to do anyway, for funsies. You know what I mean...you don't *need* to come up with baby names, pick out colours for the nursery or shop for maternity clothes just yet but you do you, boo. If it makes you happy...go for it.
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