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Ch 3 class activity - While every woman in this room is...

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While every woman in this room is eventually going to give birth to a child, there are a variety of outcomes each pregnancy could result in. These differences in development are caused by a number of things and many of them can be controlled by you – the mother. It is important to be aware of the harmful environmental influences that can effect the health of your child, the steps you can take to avoid these malignant agents, and the factors you can control to ensure you have a healthy, happy baby. It is important to keep in mind, however, that there are some circumstances that are entirely uncontrollable and education is the best response to these issues. So you're pregnant and you are thinking “Alright, now I just have to wait nine months and I will have that rosy-cheeked, healthy baby I have always dreamed of.” WRONG! Pregnancy is not a passive endeavor but, rather, one that will require a great deal of knowledge and discipline if you want that baby you have always dreamed of. Perhaps the most important information to understand are the effects that teratogens can have on your unborn child. What in the world is a teratogen, you ask? In essence, it is defined as “any environmental agent that causes damage during the prenatal period.” Although many of you are probably aware of the more obvious environmental influences to avoid such as alcohol and tobacco, there are a number of other elements that can cause harm to your child. While you may assume that taking over-counter-drugs, or even prescription drugs, could in no
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course ESSE 313 taught by Professor Hecht during the Spring '10 term at Old Dominion.

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