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Fetal Growth and Development

by Maxine
Posted July 7 2010 12:03pm

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends. It’s also a time when you might have more questions than answers about how your baby is developing. In an effort to help you find the answers you are looking for, we have provided a link to one website we believe offers a clear and concise overview of the different stages of your baby’s development, week by week, trimester by trimester:  Pregnancy.org

As each week of your pregnancy unfolds, Pregnancy.org provides detailed descriptions and pictures of real embryos and fetuses to bring the experience of fetal development to life and help you better understand your baby’s growth.

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Does what I eat during pregnancy affect the development of my baby’s brain?

by Guest
Posted August 1 2010 03:24pm
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It is important that families provide an environment that supports health in both everyday life and nutrition. Good nutrition is important for both the pregnant mother and her baby. Pregnant mothers need appropriate amounts of folic acid and iron and should avoid nicotine, alcohol and illicit drugs throughout their entire pregnancy.

The developing brain craves iron and babies need an appropriate amount whether or not their mothers are iron-deficient. Iron is critical for maintaining an adequate number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which in turn are necessary to fuel brain growth. Iron deficiency has been clearly linked to cognitive deficits in young children.

Learn more about your baby's brain development before birth

Used with Permission
Talking Reasonably and Responsibly About Early Brain Development
Center for Early Childhood Education and Development, Irving B Harris Training Center for Infant and Toddler Development 2001

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Increased Vaginal Discharge

by Maxine
Posted August 9 2010 03:16pm
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A very common and sometimes unpleasant pregnancy discomfort you may notice in the first trimester is an increase in vaginal discharge. This symptom can return during the last month of pregnancy, too, when the baby moves down into the pelvis. The cause? Hormones. It's also due to the increased flow of blood to the pelvic area.

How can you make yourself more comfortable? Wearing a light pad or panty liner will help. Keep the area clean, too. Avoid douches, as they can irritate the tissues of the vagina. Shower and bathe a bit more frequently until things return to normal. You should contact the doctor if you notice any colour change, frothy texture, foul odour or itchiness. Any of these symptoms could be a sign of infection.

 


If you're pregnant or thinking about having a baby, check out www.welcometoparenting.com. These interactive, online prenatal and parenting classes will provide information on pregnancy, labour and delivery, your relationship and a community of expectant and new parents just like you! Watch the overview video!

 

 

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Physical Hazards

by Guest
Posted August 10 2010 02:37pm
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Here are some precautions you can take:

  • Avoid excessive noise or vibration on your job wherever possible.
  • Avoid temperature extremes—either hot or cold. Pregnant workers exposed to temperature extremes should be monitored closely for ill effects.
  • Avoid workplaces that operate at a high or low barometric pressure.
  • If you think your work exposes you to significant and/or continuous physical hazard, talk to your supervisor and/or occupational health and safety representative.
  • Request job modifications or a temporary job transfer where possible to reduce physical risks.

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