The Importance of Prenatal Care

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    Whether you are pregnant with your first or fifth child, your prenatal health is essential to the best birth and long term health for you and your baby. Prenatal care helps to reduce the risk of disease and promotes health and safety for the best possible outcome.

    With so many medical tests and information a mother receives during her pregnancy, it is hard to determine what tests are necessary. Blood pressure checks, urine tests, and blood tests are considered routine in most medical offices, where as, amniocentesis, glucose tolerance tests, and cordocentesis are more invasive and potentially harmful to the baby. The risks and benefits of these tests must be carefully considered. One of the best ways to assess your risks is to educated yourself about the procedure your doctor is wanting to perform. Read about it, ask questions to your health care provider, talk to others that have had the same procedure, become as informed as possible!

    The American Pregnancy Association has some great information on pregnancy and an entire section about prenatal tests that your doctor may want to perform, if he or she feels that there is cause for concern. Being informed is essential before proceeding with any medical tests or interventions during your pregnancy, labor, or birth!

     

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

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Please click on the links below for some great articles on staying healthy during pregnancy.

How to Stay Healthy While You Are Pregnant 

Planning Your Healthiest Pregnancy by Age

Stress During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Development

Extreme Morning Sickness

9 Tips to Prevent Flu During Pregnancy

Dental Care and Pregnancy Tips

Battling Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Should Not Be an Excuse to Stop Exercising

Women Trying to Conceive or in First 3 Months of Pregnancy, Should Not Drink Alcohol; New Guidelines Recommend

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You Might Need a Prenatal and Infant Psychology Specialist if…

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Early intervention is the best prevention.

  • Are you unsure whether you and your baby have bonded well or if something has gotten in the way of building a positive bond, such as a hospitalization for you or your baby, postpartum depression, adoption or foster care, extreme fussiness or severe parent stresses?
  • Does your baby have trouble taking in comfort by looking away, stiffening or arching away when held, or doesn’t calm down when comforted?
  • After 6 months of age, does your baby not show any stranger awareness or does not respond differently to parents and unfamiliar people?
  • Is your baby excessively clingy or anxious? Will he or she not move away from you even for a short distance to explore toys or interact with other children?
  • Are you having a hard time liking your baby, or if it seems as though most of your interactions are negative or upsetting?
  • Are you worried about your baby’s sleeping, feeding, toilet training, or other concerning behavior?
  • Do you feel that you overreact, yell, or hit your child, or feel extreme distress when your child shows certain typical or unusual behaviors?
  • Are you concerned about how your own experience of being birthed, raised, or parented might affect your own parenting?
  • Are you or your baby having trouble with breastfeeding or other feeding methods?

These are only a few examples of how prenatal and infant psychology could benefit you and your baby. If you are concerned about yourself or your baby, please contact contact me at InfantPsychology@gmail.com for more information.

“Attachment behavior is any form of behavior that results in a person attaining or maintaining proximity to some other clearly identified individual who is conceived as better able to cope with the world.”  – A Secure Base, John Bowlby

Childbirth, The HypnoBirthing Method, Kangaroo Care, and Informed Consent

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Experts Say Contraception is the Key to Reducing Child and Maternal Deaths.

Do you agree?

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Texas Childbirth Death Rates Rise

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Childbirth: Keep An Open Mind, Do What’s Right For You

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Not Cutting Umbilical Cord Immediately May Boost Baby’s Health

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Expectant Mothers Turn to HypnoBirthing Method for Calmer Delivery

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"Kangaroo Care" Delivers Benefits Beyond Bonding and Breastfeeding for Tiniest Newborns

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The Cost of Childbirth in the U.S.

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Informed Consent in Childbirth

Making Rights into Reality

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Prenatal and Postpartum Depression, Prevention and Treatment

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Preventing and Treating Prenatal Depression

“Outreach programs that provide support to pregnant women are highly effective at preventing the isolation and overwhelming stress some women feel during pregnancy.”

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How is Postpartum Depression Treated?

“Without treatment, postpartum depression can last a very long time. If, after two weeks, your symptoms persist or worsen, talk with your health care provider about a treatment plan.”

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5 Ways to Watch Out for Postpartum Depression

“We (and our hormones) all have our own reaction to child birth. Yours is valid. Get help as soon as you realize you might need it.”

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Five Must Do’s Before Getting Pregnant

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“Start your 30-minute a day exercise program prior to pregnancy when you are feeling your best and make it a habit,” advises Dr. Ricciotti. “Your active lifestyle will set an example for your child and you’ll look great too.”

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A Print-Out Guide to the Timing & Stages of Labor

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“I teach childbirth classes and one of the biggest parts of the class is really helping the students understand the timeline of labor. They all want to know when will I know it’s starting? When will I call the midwife or doctor? When do I go to the hospital?”

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Pregnant Women Cope with Depression

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“While the phenomenon of postpartum depression has received increased attention and research over the last decade, less is known about prenatal depression – the sense of hopelessness, fear and anxiety that can afflict women during their pregnancy.”

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