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Transcript of Prenatal Development
Focus on these essential nutrients
Foods to avoid
Viral STDs can't be treated but symptoms can be managed with medication
Premature labor is a common and serious effect of maternal stress
Screening and treating pregnant women for STDs is a vital way to prevent serious health complications to both mother and baby that may otherwise happen with infection. The sooner a woman begins receiving medical care during pregnancy, the better the health outcomes will be for herself and her unborn baby.
Stress can have severe effects on both the expecting mother and her child. It is crucial during all stages of pregnancy to find ways to reduce and manage one's stress levels.
Drug abuse (Withdrawal)
Preexisting psychiatric disorders (i.e. anxiety, depression)
What you should and shouldn't do
Eating well balanced meals is important at all times, but it is even more essential when you are pregnant. Good nutrition is crucial to a developing child.
Folate and folic acid
Prevent birth defects (leafy vegetables)
Calcium — Strengthen bones (milk, yogurt)
Protein — Promote growth (lentils, cooked eggs)
Iron — Prevent anemia (iron-fortified quick oats)
Supplements — Ask your health care provider
Effects of Stress:
High BP (Increased cortisol levels
Premature delivery, lower blood supply to placenta)
Low birth weight
Prolonged labor (As with the case of major depression)
How Drugs Effect the Baby
Is it safe to take illegal drugs while I'm pregnant?
Why Alcohol Hurts
Pregnant women who are adequately nourished are more likely to deliver healthy babies
Raw or undercooked meat and seafood - listeria, and salmonella. Blood poisoning.
Soft Cheeses and Unpasteurized Milk– Listeria. Can cause miscarriage.
Too many frozen prepared meals and fast food – saturated with salt and fat.
Sodas – Empty calories
Malnutrition and Obesity
Malnutrition during pregnancy has been linked to:
Low birth weight
Retardation of brain development
Maternal obesity is linked with:
Neural Tube defects
Health Problems During
Healthy, well balanced diet
Refraining from alcohol/nicotine during and before pregnancy
Exercise (Yoga, meditation)
Communication (w/ doctor and partner)
Relaxing hobby/ activity
Ways to Reduce Stress:
Should Pregnant Women Be Tested for STDs?
Can STDs Be Treated During Pregnancy?
Some STD infections can be treated with antiviral medications or other preventive measures to reduce the risk of passing the infection to the baby.
If a woman is pregnant or considering pregnancy she should be tested so she can take steps to protect herself and her baby.
Antiretroviral Drugs (HIV/AIDs)
What Alcohol May Do To Your Baby
Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same. Enjoy the journey.
For some drugs the evidence is clear, for others less so. But we know enough to be sure that illegal drugs in pregnancy must always be considered unsafe, even in small amounts. If a parent has drug problems it affects their child at every stage, from pregnancy onwards.
Drugs in the mother's body may reduce the oxygen supply to the baby which may stunt fetal growth.
With many drugs, the baby may experience withdrawal-like symptoms.
Maternal drug use may also affect how well the placenta works.
There is an increased risk of placental abruption, a life threatening condition where the placenta detaches from the side of the uterus, sometimes causing severe bleeding.
Abnormal Facial Features
Small Head Size
Low body Weight
Speech and Language slowness
Sleep and sucking problems as a baby
Problems with heart, Kidney, or bones
Alcohol in the mothers blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. Drinking can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and a range of lifelong physical disabilities.
Mothers Health Issues Before Pregnancy That can Effect Pregnancy
Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
High Blood Pressure
How Obesity can affect
A Mothers Pregnancy
Obesity can affect a mothers pregnancy in many
different ways whether it be the child having neck and spinal dysfunction in the earlier stages of pregnancy.
With the mother being over weight it increases the chance of the child to have heart problems by 15 percent.
Women who are obese
are more likely to have gestational diabetes.
With this in mind if the mother has this disease then the child is more likely to be obese and have type 2 diabetes
Pregnant women should try to avoid foods that are more likely to carry food-borne illnesses such as: eggs, sushi, some fishes, etc...
Some foods such as cured meats, bacon, sausage, ham are okay to be consumed but should not be eating in excess.
Women are also advised to lay back on the caffeine and only drink in smaller quantities. Also some cheeses should not be consumed because of the listeria found in them.