Moms and moms-to-be: Time to put yourself first!
We know it’s easier said than done because everything revolves around your baby after they’re born. It Starts With Mom is here to help you from planning and pregnancy to birth and postpartum for you to feel confident to take charge of your health. We provide information you can trust as you’re getting your body ready for pregnancy and to be prepared for every possible outcome.
Join us for a series of three thought-provoking and inspiring events with real moms sharing their own experiences from before, during, and after pregnancy. All events stream 3 p.m. ET on @MarchofDimes on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
What You Need to Know Before You Get Pregnant
Episode One Airing on May 11
As you begin to consider your motherhood journey, what’s important to know before you become pregnant? Having a healthy baby starts before you get pregnant. Together we’ll chat about mental health, cardiovascular issues, chronic health conditions, how to advocate for yourself, and much more.
If you’re planning to get pregnant soon or hope to in the future, it can be overwhelming. Download this takeaway from It Starts With Mom with some tips to help you on your journey. English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)
Stacey Skrysak (Moderator)
Shawn Johnson East
Dr. Elizabeth Cherot
What You Need To Know When You're Pregnant
Episode Two Airing on May 25
Baby (babies) on board, what’s important to know now that you are pregnant? Preeclampsia is a top individual risk factor for severe maternal morbidity, mortality and preterm birth and 1 in 7 pregnant women and 1 in 5 pregnant Black women experience hypertensive disorders. We’ll talk about the warning signs that something is wrong, what you can do to lower your risk, and why you should go to all of your prenatal visits.
If you’re pregnant, it can be overwhelming, but don’t worry—we’re here to help you advocate for yourself and your baby to get the care you both need to be healthy and strong. Download this takeaway from It Starts With Mom with some tips to help you on your journey. English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)
Elizabeth Cohen (Moderator)
Dr. Elizabeth Cherot
What You Need to Know After the Baby Arrives
Episode Three Airing on June 22
Baby is here, what’s important to know now? Childbirth affects more than your physical health. Your mental wellbeing can also be affected by shifting hormones that trigger all sorts of emotions. But while 80 percent of new parents go through mild mood changes, including the baby blues, 15-20% will face more serious mental health issues. We’ll have an important discussion about postpartum depression and anxiety and how to get help without stigma or shame.