Prenatal and childbirth development

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Unformatted text preview: Prenatal Development and Birth Pregnancy • By the time most women realize they are pregnant, and schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider (10-12 wks) organogenesis is nearly complete • fetal heart is formed • spinal canal has closed • eyes are formed • limbs are actively moving • genitalia are recognizable • ...and morning sickness is just starting to taper off Preconception Care Counseling • Psychological readiness (both parents) • rationale for childbearing • stability of relationship/finances • expectations for childbearing and parenting • Timing of childbearing - education/career • Stopping contraceptive methods • Nutrition • achieve ideal body weight • balanced diet/prenatal vitamins • folic acid supplement (0.4 mg/day) • limit/eliminate caffeine • Genetic screening • Dental care - poor dental hygiene = increased risk for preterm labor and birth • Medications? • Chronic health conditions - diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, seizure disorder, advanced maternal age Preconception Care Counseling • Environmental and Workplace Issues • Teratogens- any agent that could disturb the development of the fetus or embryo (drugs) • cigarette smoke • illicit drugs • Don’t forget the male contribution • limited data • genetics • alcohol, drugs, smoking • Choice of birth place and provider • birth center vs. hospital vs. home • obstetrician vs. midwife • Desired labor support • pain management options What are teratogens?...
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This note was uploaded on 06/11/2010 for the course CHFD 2200 taught by Professor L during the Spring '10 term at UGA.

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