You're Having a Baby!

What to expect when you're expecting

Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Back Pain
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Stretch Marks
  • Food Cravings & Aversions
  • Insomnia

Prenatal Development Periods

  • Zygote: From conception to about 2 weeks - the egg and sperm fuse together, forming a new cell
  • Embryo: From about 2 to 8 weeks - embroyo's cell start to form specialized layers; ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. Amniotic sac takes shape.
  • Fetus: From 8 to 40 weeks - Organs, muscles, and the nervous system become more organized and connected. The fetus' size increases, and begins moving. Fetus can recognize sounds and rhythms
  • Gestation (period from conception to birth) is about 280 days

Protecting the Fetus

  • Eat well
  • Don't smoke, drink, or use drugs
  • See obstetrician regularly
  • Avoid stress
  • Remember: Everything you absorb, the fetus absorbs

Things to Keep in Mind During the Birth

  • Birth Complications
  • Cesarean
  • Anesthesia
  • Natural Childbirth
  • Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies

The Apgar Test (delivery room test to assess a newborn)

  • Appearance - Color of baby's body
  • Pulse - Baby's heart rate
  • Grimace - Baby's reflex response
  • Activity - Baby's muscle tone
  • Respiration - Baby's breathing