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Pregnancy Thesis

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BC: Kelsey Tripoli Arizona State University 2011

FC: A Simple Guide to Pregnancy By: Kelsey Tripoli Illustrations By: Ashley Kinder

1: Table of Contents The Basics: How Does This Work? 1 How Can My Baby Breathe? 3 How Can My Baby Eat? 4 Who Can Help Me? 6 What Can I Eat? 7 Keep Drinking Water! 11 Alcohol and Drugs: JUST SAY NO 13 Why Is Prenatal Care So Important? 16 Hygiene: Staying Squeaky Clean! 17 No Questions Asked: Safe Haven Program 19 When Should I Call A Doctor? 20

2: How Does This Work? | As a mother, you and your baby share a special connection. While your child is growing inside of you, the baby counts on you for everything he or she needs! Your baby is living and growing inside your uterus, and getting all the oxygen, nutrients and blood from YOU! | 1

3: Placenta | Umbilical Cord | 2 | Uterus | Vagina

4: Your baby has an umbilical cord that is attached to his/her belly button. This cord is attached to something called the placenta, which is attached to your uterus. Your baby gets the oxygen he/she needs from the placenta and the umbilical cord! The oxygen in your blood travels through the placenta and through the cord to give your baby all the air he/she needs! | How Does My Baby Breathe? | 3

5: Your baby gets the food he/she needs from your body! Just like the placenta and the cord carry oxygen from your body to your baby, they also carry food to your baby to help with growth! Everything that you eat or drink can travel through the cord and reach your baby. Therefore, it is important to be careful about the things you put into your body, so that nothing you eat or drink could hurt your baby! | How Does My Baby Eat? | 4

6: Who Can Help Me? | 5

7: The Women, Infant and Children services program (WIC) is available to pregnant women during and after their pregnancy. WIC gives moms and their children healthy food and counseling, and helps moms meet other people who can help them! To find out more about the WIC program in Arizona, you can call this number: Arizona WIC 1-800-252-5942 | 6

8: What Can I Eat? | Eating for two? | 7

9: It’s important that you eat as healthy as you can for you and your baby. For most women, 25-35 pounds is a healthy amount of weight to gain during pregnancy. During your pregnancy, you may be tempted to “eat for two”. But what your baby really needs is healthy food, not more food. Depending on your living situation, it may be hard to eat healthy, and impossible to count calories. | A good way to keep track of your how well you are eating, is by weighing yourself frequently to track your progress. The best thing you can do is try to stay away from fatty foods that aren't healthy for you, or your baby. Eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible is always a good idea, and getting involved in the WIC program can help you get some of the healthier foods for you and your baby. | 8

10: It can be difficult to balance your appetite with your changing hormones, and it may not always be easy to eat right. But if you can make an effort to eat as healthfully as you can, then you will give you and your baby the best chance at a healthy start. What it comes down to is learning how to give your baby the food he/she needs without overloading him/her. | 9

11: Breakfast -Egg McMuffin -1% Low Fat Milk Jug -Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait Lunch -Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken with Newman’s Own Low Fat Basalmic Vinaigrette Dressing -Apple Dippers with Low Fat Caramel Dip -Unsweetened Ice Tea Dinner -Cheeseburger Snack Size -Fruit and Walnut Salad | http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/food_quality/nutrition_choices/balancing_busy_lives/a_balancing_act.html | Many fast food restaurants even have healthier suggestions on their menu to give a better choice for people who are looking for a cheap, healthier solution. This sample menu is off of the McDonalds website: | 10

12: 11 | Keep Drinking WATER!

13: It's important that you drink as much water as you can! Everyone needs to drink water, but it is even more important for pregnant women! If you get tired of drinking water, try sucking on some ice chips for a change of pace! Drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated will help to prevent early contractions that pregnant women often experience called Braxton Hicks. A good rule to go by is to drink eight glasses of water per day, so make an effort to drink as much water as possible on a daily basis to keep you and your baby hydrated! | 12

14: Alcohol and Drugs... JUST SAY NO! | As a mom, there are things you should stay away from to protect your baby. These things include: cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, or any other illegal drugs. Using these types of things can cause your baby to be born too early. If your baby comes out before he/she is ready, then your baby might have trouble breathing after birth. | 13

15: Everything that you eat or drink travels from your blood into your baby’s blood and can cause a lot of birth defects. If you are pregnant, or are planning on becoming pregnant, the best thing you can do for your baby is to stop using substances like these that can hurt your baby, or at the very least, decrease the amount you are using. | 14

16: What If I Can't Stop? | If you are using illegal drugs when it's time for you to deliver your baby, the best thing to do is go to the hospital. You may be afraid of what will happen to you if you go to the hospital, but the best thing for your baby is to go to a hospital so that he/she can have the best medical care during your delivery. The hospital staff wants to do what is best for your baby and will do everything they can to make your baby safe. | 15

17: Why Is Prenatal Care So Important? | The best thing you can do to prepare for your baby’s delivery is to seek prenatal care. The reason prenatal care is so important is that it gives the doctors a chance to look at your pregnancy and predict if you are likely to have a normal delivery. If the doctors think there may be problems, they can often catch them early, and have a plan for when your delivery time comes. It also gives you a chance to ask questions about what to expect and how you can best care for the little baby growing inside of you. Prenatal care gives your baby the best possible chance to be healthy. So, as soon as you know you are pregnant, let your doctor know so that your baby can get all the help that is available! You can also talk to your doctor at these appointments about whether you would like have more children, or if you would like to think about taking birth control! | 16

18: Hygiene: Staying Squeaky Clean! | 17

19: It’s important to brush your teeth and keep your mouth nice and clean! Bad oral hygiene can cause bacteria to get into your gums and possibly cause your baby to be born too early! Another thing you can do, is try to keep your vaginal area (private area) clean! The cleaner you can keep your vaginal area, the less likely you are to get a urinary tract infection that can cause problems with your pregnancy and cause your baby to be born too early, or weigh too little. If you get an infection treated early by a doctor, then it will not hurt your baby! Making sure to use soap in your vaginal area, urinate whenever you feel the urge, and showering regularly will all help keep your body in the best possible shape for your baby! | 18

20: The Safe Haven Program... No Questions Asked | The Safe Haven Program is for moms who have decided they cannot care for their baby and want to leave their child somewhere safe so that he or she can be placed into a good home. In Arizona, if your baby is unharmed, and less than three days old, you can legally leave your baby at any fire station, hospital, staffed ambulance, or any adoption agency, no questions asked, and your baby will be taken care of. | 19

21: When Should I Call the Doctor? | Pregnancy changes a lot of things inside your body and you may feel scared or nervous when something does not feel normal. If you feel like something is wrong during your pregnancy, the best thing to do is to see your doctor. If you cannot see your doctor, then go to the hospital. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Most of the time, what you experience is simply a normal part of pregnancy. But sometimes, something could be wrong and it is always best to make sure! | 20

22: Notes Here is a place you can write down important information for your pregnancy! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

23: Doctor's Information ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ | Appointments ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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