- Some normal signs of early pregnancy:
- No menstrual cycle
- Sick to stomach, maybe vomiting
- Increase urination
- Breasts are bigger and more tender
- Increase appetite
- Student should be encouraged to start prenatal vitamins
- If appropriate, student should be encouraged to stop smoking and stop other risky behaviors
- Student should check insurance status or eligibility; www.healthcare.gov
- Student should identify a doctor or nurse midwife for prenatal care: Meharry Centering Pregnancy, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
- Student should make an appointment with a provider or Health Department to confirm pregnancy
- Student should be encouraged to get lots of sleep
- Student Should be encouraged to inform parent or guardian (resources for help)
- Student should be encouraged to inform partner
- Student should discuss options with family and/or a counselor
- Student should be helped to identify a birth friend (confidant)
- Student should check eligibility for Women, Infant, Children (WIC)
The third trimester of pregnancy can be very physically, emotionally and financially demanding as the due date approaches. During this time, help the student PREPARE:
Pick a Pediatrician: Student identify a pediatrician or other provider for the baby.
Reproductive Life Plan: Student should be encouraged to complete and share a written plan for having future children and achieving future goals for self and child.
Ensure Birth Plan is in place: Student should be encouraged to establish a birth plan to take to the hospital, including family planning options.
Pack hospital bag: Student should have a hospital bag packed by the end of the 8th month.
Apply for Health Insurance: Student should be assisted in reviewing health insurance plans for the baby. Mom’s health insurance may end at 6 weeks after the baby is delivered. Insurance to cover the costs of well-baby visits are available through TennCare or the Marketplace.
Refer to Birthing Classes: Student should complete birthing classes; follow up to see if there are any questions or concerns.
Ensure safe place for baby to sleep: Student should be reminded to make plans to get a car seat as well as a crib, bassinette or pack & play for safe sleep.