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 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.
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.
You're pregnant, and you want to make sure your baby is as healthy as possible. One of the things you worry about is caffeine. Is it safe to have a coffee or tea in the morning? What about other sources of caffeine throughout the day? Let's learn how this energy booster can impact your growing baby.
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.
The flu can make a pregnant woman very ill. This is because pregnant women are at high risk for flu complications. These complications include sinus infections and serious lung infections, like bronchitis and pneumonia. In rare cases, miscarriage of the baby or even death of the mother can result. This sheet tells you more about the flu, what to do if you come down with the flu, and what you can do to avoid infection.
You had an amniocentesis. This is a prenatal test. It helps you learn whether a fetus has health problems. The test is most often done between the 15th and 20th week of pregnancy. It is also done to check the condition of the lungs of a baby who will be delivered several weeks early.
The first day after you quit smoking, as the nicotine leaves your body, you're likely to notice symptoms of withdrawal. These are signs of your body recovering from smoking. For some people, withdrawal is mild. Others have a harder time. In any case, withdrawal should begin to lessen after the first few days. Use the 4 D's listed here to beat withdrawal.
You've quit smoking because you're pregnant. At first, not smoking may be new and exciting. It's the best sort of change. People will congratulate you. You have a right to be proud, so enjoy it. But then what? How do you stay smoke-free when life goes back to normal? Plan ahead to fight temptation. Be aware of signs that warn of a slip.
Normal blood pressure is essential for a healthy pregnancy. If you have high blood pressure before you become pregnant, you are at higher risk for developing certain problems during pregnancy. This video explains how chronic high blood pressure can affect you and your growing baby and why special monitoring is important.
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. In most cases, it implants in a fallopian tube. In some cases, it may grow until the fallopian tube tears (ruptures). This can cause severe bleeding and a risk for death for the mother. Methotrexate is a medicine that stops the embryo from growing.
Cholestasis of pregnancy is a liver problem. It slows or stops the normal flow of bile from the gallbladder. This causes itching and yellowing of your skin, eyes, and mucous membranes (jaundice). Cholestasis sometimes starts in early pregnancy. But it is more common in the second and third trimesters. It most often goes away within a few days after delivery. The high levels of bile may cause serious problems for your developing baby (fetus).
HELLP syndrome is a rare but life-threatening condition in pregnancy. It causes red cells in the blood to break down. It also causes problems with the liver, bleeding, and blood pressure. It's often linked with preeclampsia and eclampsia. It often develops before delivery. But it may also occur after delivery.