Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks and is grouped into three trimesters starting from the first day of your last period. Your body goes through many changes as your baby grows and your bodies are both prepared for your due date of delivery. This program will share some of the normal changes you may experience during each trimester and why it's healthiest for most moms and babies to go the full 40 weeks.
This video explains why it's worthwhile go full term, maintaining the pregnancy as close to 40 weeks as possible. It outlines the risks of failed inductions prior to full term and explains valid reasons why a medically-indicated induction or C-sections prior to 40 weeks might be necessary. The program also will show how staying active builds stamina for the expectant mother to maintain the pregnancy to full term and it will illustrate the benefits that yoga offers to help manage stress during pregnancy.
This program reminds viewers how babies are more ready to face the world when they're born at or close to full-term (40 weeks), as it discusses the optimal health of full-term babies (though babies born at 37 weeks may look mature, they are not fully developed). It also encourages women to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and to take time for themselves in the final weeks. It underscores how good preparation makes bringing baby home easier and inspires new mothers to savor every second with their newborn, watching as the newborn adjusts to the world.
Pregnancy is an exciting time! Beginning on Week 1, your body and your baby will undergo an incredible transformation. Even early in your pregnancy, long before you're showing or experiencing any of the symptoms associated with pregnancy, there's a rush of activity going on that affects virtually every part of your body.
Welcome to Week 3! It might not feel like much of anything has changed so far— perhaps the only sign you're pregnant at all is a positive pregnancy test. But rest assured, amazing things are happening. Your baby is already developing and is likely implanted in your uterine wall, and your body has already begun to make subtle changes that will later blossom into full pregnancy.
It is ideal to start making healthy lifestyle choices before you even know you're pregnant - when you are trying to conceive or doing nothing to avoid becoming pregnant. These lifestyle choices include stopping smoking and using other nicotine products, avoiding alcoholic beverages, stopping or getting treatment for drug addictions and being sure that prescription and over the counter medications that you use are safe for developing a pregnancy. And once you know you are pregnant, what you put in your body becomes even more vital. This program will share concerns about using prescription medications, drugs or alcohol during pregnancy and what you can do to help ensure a safe journey and outcome for you and your baby.
Pregnancy is an exciting time, and if you are employed outside the home you may be eager to share your good news with your co-workers. When is it a good time to tell? And how will your pregnancy affect you in the workplace? Learn what regulations are in place to protect you on the job and how to stay safe and productive at work.
Children exposed to alcohol in utero are at risk for growth deficiencies, facial deformities, central nervous impairment, behavioral disorders, and impaired intellectual development. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is 100% preventable if women don't drink while pregnant. If a woman is pregnant and can't stop drinking, help is available.
Research shows that babies may be able to hear sounds in the womb as early as the 18th week of pregnancy, when the ears first start to stand out from the head. But what do they hear? And do babies understand or remember anything they heard in the womb after birth? A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences takes an important step toward answering those questions.
Aches and pains are a normal part of pregnancy, the result of your body changing to make room for your growing baby. While managing pain without medication is ideal, medicine may be necessary for some pregnant women who have chronic pain or experience severe pain. In this program you'll learn about non-medication techniques to help alleviate pain and how to use pain medications safely.
You've no doubt heard the old saying that "Pregnancy means eating for two," but it's a good idea to keep in mind that one of you is very small. While you're pregnant, it is important to follow a nutritious meal plan. However, your overall diet should not be dramatically different from your normal eating pattern. Learn more about how much weight you can safely gain during pregnancy and following a nutritious meal plan here.