Understand that it's normal for your system to seem a little off during pregnancy, and about half of all moms-to-be complain of constipation at some point. You might be wondering what might be causing this very common, yet annoying, symptom. Usually a few different factors are at work.
Understand that preterm labor is defined as labor that starts between 20 and 37 weeks of pregnancy. Approximately 12 percent of babies are born preterm in the United States. This can be an overwhelmingly scary time, especially if you are earlier in your pregnancy. Learn what this can mean for you.
This video will illustrate the importance of prenatal education in reaching the full 40-weeks of pregnancy. It will explain the importance of maintaining a proper diet and nutrition, avoiding alcohol, drugs and cigarette smoke and controlling weight gain during pregnancy. It will provide guidance on natural, spontaneous labor that includes getting regular, prenatal checks, knowing warning signs to watch for and understanding the optimal window for brain and respiratory development. In addition, the program will discuss the dangers of using medications to induce labor, including long-term difficulties for children who are born pre-term, encouraging women to accept help and try to enjoy their pregnancies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rooming in is the practice of keeping mothers and babies together following hospital or maternity center birth. Learn how rooming in promotes breastfeeding, supports better rest for you and baby, and provides your family with a chance to bond earlier with your new addition.