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Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

Without a doubt, having a baby is a life-changing experience. And it can sometimes feel overwhelming as you prepare for the many changes you'll face. By learning all about pregnancy, childbirth, and the basics of newborn care, you'll feel better prepared and ready for the challenges ahead.

In this course, you'll learn how the different stages of pregnancy will affect your body, your moods and emotions, and even your relationships. We take a look at the latest nutrition, diet, and exercise information, how pregnancy can change your sex life, and how to financially prepare for your baby. We'll even learn about ways you can cultivate a strong support network to help you through these transitions. We will review different types of childbirth preparation classes, how to choose your healthcare provider, and options for where you would like to give birth. We also cover the basic physical aspects of childbirth and taking care of mom and baby after the birth. 

The goal of this class is to help you feel more confident and calm in the many choices you have throughout your pregnancy and birthing time. The first step to a happy and healthy pregnancy is a happy and healthy you. This class is designed to inform, encourage, and support you during this amazing time of life. 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting November 8, 2017

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Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

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Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Details + Objective

Course Code: hhp

You Will Learn
  • Learn how the different stages of pregnancy will affect you physically and emotionally
  • Understand the best ways to financially prepare for baby
  • Learn the latest in nutrition, diet, and exercise
  • Explore creating a support network to help you through this life transition
  • Understand how to choose a healthcare provider and prepare for childbirth
  • Examine care for mom and baby after birth
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Feel more confident and calm in the many choices you have throughout your pregnancy and birthing time
  • Learn to enjoy your pregnancy and the journey ahead of you
  • Receive encouragement and support during this special time in your life
Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Outline
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Week 1

In this first lesson, we'll examine the basics of pregnancy. We'll discuss the basics of a prenatal appointment and what to expect with your first doctor's visit, and we'll talk about common fears and worries that pregnant women experience—and how to address them. Then, learn all about diet, nutrition, and exercise during pregnancy.

Week 2

In this lesson, we'll discuss the changing emotions associated with pregnancy. You'll learn about physical causes for these emotional shifts, as well as some of the common feelings and experiences of mothers-to-be. Then, we'll examine the basics of effective communication. Pregnancy comes with many changes to your life, so it's a great time to strengthen your communication skills.

Week 3

Learn the most common physical changes you can expect, as well as some less common changes. We'll talk about what to look out for that might be cause for concern, and we'll also discuss some discomforts you might be feeling and how you can remedy them. Then, we'll look at some of the major lifestyle changes that can occur during pregnancy, including how and when you sleep and adjustments to your sex life.

Week 4

Take a look at social dilemmas you're likely to face and social trends affecting your pregnancy and birth. Then, we’ll discuss various birth options, and examine the key differences between them. We'll also talk about the types of childbirth preparation classes you can take, and we'll discuss doulas and their role in the birth process.

Week 5

In this lesson, we’ll review some important planning you might want to consider before your baby arrives, and we'll look at how your finances are likely to change and how you can prepare for these changes. Then, learn what you can expect to feel and experience as your body prepares to give birth. 

Week 6

We'll go over what you can expect a baby to look and act like in the first few weeks in the world. You'll learn about your baby's senses, reflexes, and patterns for sleeping, waking, and eating. And we'll also review some of the decisions new parents have to make about a baby's medical and personal care. And finally, we'll discuss how you can prepare for the first few days and weeks after giving birth.

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Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Instructors
Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins graduated from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Human Relations. She has taught classes in the Sociology of Sexuality and Marriage, as well as the Sociology of Men and Women, but her favorites have been the Childbirth Preparation classes she has taught for more than 10 years. Denise has volunteered as a birth doula and continues to help expectant parents prepare physically, emotionally, and financially for the changes pregnancy and a baby will bring.

Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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