Talking to the pregnant woman and her family
Pregnancy is a time of many changes for the woman. She may be more sensitive because she is going through changes in her body and mood. Therefore, she should be treated with affection and tenderness.
When the partner and the other members of the family understand how the pregnant woman feels during this period they can better help in whatever necessary so that she has a healthy and happy pregnancy.
The first leader’s mission is to lend an ear to the pregnant woman and her partner, listening to what they have to say about pregnancy. Many couples become happy when they find out about the pregnancy for they were already preparing themselves for having a baby. Other couples, however, can feel frightened, anxious and concerned because they had not planned the woman to become pregnant at that moment of their lives. Others still become concerned with the difficulties they might face or fear not being able to take care of the baby.
Leader, all the pregnant women need your assistance, even if they already have other children because one pregnancy is different from the other.
Some women, when they conceive for the first time, may feel embarrassed or think that the prenatal check is not important because they feel well. Pregnant women that already have children may think that it is not necessary to do the prenatal check again.
It is common that the adolescent pregnants try to hide their pregnancy fearing the reaction of their partners, parents, relatives and friends. At the home visit, the leader should advise the family about the importance of their support and understanding so that the adolescent can live this moment with serenity, responsibility and love.
The well being of the pregnant adolescent is very important so that she can feel secure and confident for the good development of the pregnancy and for the baby’s health. And, therefore, she will need the support from everybody to worth the life she carries inside her belly and to feel responsible for it.
Leader, some pregnant women who do not have a partner, may need more help from you because they may miss someone to share their joys and difficulties.
Researches indicate that in order to reduce the infant mortality rate - the number of deaths of children younger than one year old - more attention and support shall be given to the following pregnant women:
- The poor ones;
- The coloured ones;
- The ones who have no partner;
- The ones with low education;
- The ones with two or more children;
- The ones under 20 years old;
- The ones with high blood pressure or diabetes;
- The ones that lost a baby in a previous pregnancy or a child who was younger than one year old;
- The ones who smoke.