When it comes to getting pregnant after childbirth, the options for those with less than a year of experience can be pretty daunting.
Here are a few of the most common questions that many parents are wondering about.
What do I need to know about prenatal vitamins?
What is the best way to feed my baby?
Is there a doctor or midwife I can talk to?
How do I know if my baby is going to be born healthy?
There are a number of different kinds of prenatal vitamins that can be purchased online.
There are the more common ones which are available over the counter and can be taken on the spot for $0.10 to $0 .50 per pill.
These are the most popular, but can cause side effects such as diarrhoea, fever and headache.
Other options include herbal preparations or tablets that are taken in the morning and contain different amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B6 and B12.
The NHS has also launched a new online birth certificate, which is a simple paper document that can help with the paperwork needed to apply for a birth certificate in the UK.
It also has a section on ‘safe methods of birth’ which explains how to prepare the baby’s blood and urine for transfusion, and to ensure that your baby is kept healthy throughout the pregnancy.
Some doctors have also launched online clinics, such the London-based Prenatal Clinic, which offer ‘real-life’ birth planning and childbirth education.
These clinics offer free childbirth classes which can be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone, and are usually free.
However, some doctors are charging between £20 and £100 per hour, depending on the amount of classes they offer.
Here are some other questions to get your head round before you can consider taking your baby for a ‘natural’ birth:Do I need a birthplanner?
Does it matter if I have children?
What if I don’t?
What happens to my baby after I deliver?
Is it safe for me to try and have another baby?
What about my partner?
Is the NHS aware of my pregnancy and if so, where can I find it?
Is a midwife or doctor available to help me?
What’s the best place to give birth?
What can I expect to be the first thing I see?
Is my baby going to have a normal birth?
Should I take time off work?
How will I know that I am pregnant?
Is this a normal pregnancy?
What kind of birth control will I use?
Can I have my baby in the same room as me?
How long will it take for my baby to come into a normal body temperature?
How far along do I have to be to have sex?
Will my baby have to wait longer to start menstruating?
What should I do if I need emergency contraception?
Do I have any options if I can’t have a baby?
Will the birth be free?
Can you be a parent at home?
Should you bring a baby with you?
If you or someone you know needs help, call the Samaritans on 116 123.