Personal Development & Parenting

You And Your Pregnancy

Course Fee Free

What is this course is about?

The course is developed and endorsed by Bettercare and is designed to help women understand what to do when planning to fall pregnant, how pregnancy is confirmed and what care is required during pregnancy. The course will explain to learners when to start with antenatal care and what will be done at the first and subsequent antenatal visits. The course includes information on how the duration of your pregnancy is determined, tests that will be done on you at the first visit and some of the follow-up visits and that all the information about your pregnancy will be noted in a Maternity Case Record. Finally, the course will describe dangerous complaints that need to be reported to your health professional without delay. The course aims to provide the knowledge and understanding of pregnancy required to help both parents and those soon to be parents.

Who should be doing this course?

Parents to be, especially those who are planning their first pregnancy and those who want to recap what to expect when falling pregnant again. This course will be valuable for expecting parents.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should:

  • Understand the need to consult a health professional before falling pregnant.
  • Know when, during the menstrual cycle, to have intercourse to give you the best chance of falling pregnant.
  • Know how to confirm your pregnancy.
  • Know why it is important to receive antenatal care from a health professional.
  • Know what happens during the 1st antenatal visit.
  • Know what to take along when attending the antenatal clinic for the 1st time.
  • Know how to use weeks for pregnancy duration.
  • Realise how an ultrasound scan will help to confirm the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Know when you can expect to go into labour.
  • Know what questions will be asked about your previous pregnancies.
  • Understand that problems in previous pregnancies tend to happen again in next pregnancies.
  • Understand which tests are routinely done at the 1st antenatal visit.
  • Know when your husband or partner also needs to be tested.
  • Understand how risk grading is done during pregnancy.
  • Know what a Maternity Case Record is.
  • Understand how frequent your antenatal visits will be if you have a low risk pregnancy.
  • Know how many scans are needed during pregnancy.
  • Understand the importance of doing scans at 11 to 13 weeks and again at 18 to 22 weeks.
  • Recognise which complaints occur early during pregnancy.
  • Understand the importance of a healthy diet during pregnancy.
  • Know what important supplements to take during pregnancy.
  • Know how to remain healthy during pregnancy.
  • Realise whether your baby is healthy and growing.
  • Understand the risks of dangerous habits during pregnancy and breast feeding.
  • Understand the importance of deciding on the correct family planning after the delivery of your baby.
  • Know that breast feeding is the best feeding choice for your new born baby.
  • Recognise complaints that could possibly be dangerous and to seek health care urgently when these complaints are experienced.
  • Understand why it is important to know early in pregnancy whether you are HIV infected.

How is your course mark calculated?

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Learn at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 4 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Falling Pregnant
CHAPTER 2 Your First Antenatal Visit
CHAPTER 3 Key Points To Remember During Pregnancy Part 1
CHAPTER 4 Key Points To Remember During Pregnancy Part 2
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Better Care

Educator

Originally developed by the Perinatal Education Programme, and improved constantly for over 25 years, Bettercare material is widely used by government and private hospitals, non-profit organisations and training institutions in South Africa and other countries. Their learning programmes bring the latest developments in child, perinatal and HIV care to healthcare professionals working in challenging circumstances. They make high-quality, affordable and up-to-date training possible in every facility, regardless of its history, resources or geographical location.
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Dr Graeme Spitall

Educator

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