Pregnancy, Mother & Baby Care Guides


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1 Important diet information
2 Vital climate support during pregnancy and nursing time
3 Step-by-step pregnancy and birth guides with extra information
4 New babies and mother care information and video guides, including sexing and separation advice

1 Diet advice for pregnant sows and nursing mothers
Diet is key to maximising your chances of your mum's and pups' survival. The healthier and fitter mum is, the healthier any pups. This doesn't mean throwing the kitchen sink at your sow (please DO NOT!) and grossly overdoing alfalfa and calcium high veg, it means a good normal balanced diet with a wide range of nutrients, limited pellets and a few small extra tweak for what is not already largely covered by a good normal diet.
Please do not overfeed in amounts, epecially rich pellets, veg and alfalfa hay unless your mum is neglected and malnourished.
Once the babies are safely born, any portion restrictions are off and mother and babies are allowed to eat as much as they can during the nursing period and 2-3 weeks after.

General diet recommendations: Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diet
Tweaks to the general diet: Pregnancy and Nursing Diet

2 Vital climate support for pregnant sows and nursing mothers and babies
Sows in the last two weeks of their pregnancy and the two weeks after giving birth are at risk of pregnancy toxaemia. This is a metabolic disease that can be easily cured in the early stages with a life-saving vet trip but is deadly in its advanced stages. Onset is very sudden. It is much more common in sows that are mostly fed on cheap dry mixes instead of mostly on good quality grass hay and is rare in well kept pet piggies.
But there is also a hot weather link: Heat, especially heat exhaustion or a heat stroke can can also cause similar symptoms and trigger it pregnancy toxaemia in highly pregnant or nursing sows.
Here is the detailed practical guide link: Hot Weather Management, Heat Strokes and Fly Strike

Please always bring your guinea pigs inside during any weather extremes (heat; cold and frosty nights; storms; heavy rain and floods as well as during fire risk) and keep any pregnant and nursing piggies indoors for better observation until the babies are sturdy enough to cope with changes in their environment. Accommodate them gradually once their immune system is strong enough and the temperature difference between inside and outside is not too large. Ideally you bring your highly pregnant mother and any surprise babies indoors for better care and observation at any time of year anyway.
If you live in a country with large snakes, then guinea pigs should not be kept outside under any circumstances (especially Australia!)

3 Pregnancy and birth
Step by step guides
Pregnancy Guide
Labour & Birth Guide

Additional pregnancy information
Pregnancy x-ray and ultrasound scan pictures
Baby movement videos
Pelvic bones in female guineas
Why we cannot diagnose a pregnancy from a picture

Additional birthing information
Live birthing videos
Still born babies

4 Baby and mother care including sexing and separation
One-stop comprehensive baby care information collection
Surprise babies information collection

Step-by-step guides
Guinea Pig Mother and Baby Care (Post-birth Care, Nursing and Weaning)
First baby days: A video and picture diary
Sexing babies, separating baby boars and rehoming babies

Baby development
Journey through a Lifetime: The Ages of Guinea Pigs
Chapter 1: First hours
Chapter 2: Baby Days
Chapter 3: School Weeks

Additional information on baby care
Hand rearing and support feeding orphans and tiny babies
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