Pregnancy

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Intro to Pregnancy

In this blog you will learn about how pregnancy effects the body and how to maintain a stable balance of physical and emotional health.

Nutrition

When women become pregnant it is essential for them to eat a balanced diet. They should avoid under-cooked meats, such as chicken, eggs should also be avoided. They may cause food related illnesses that may affect the development of the baby. Most women should consume an additional 300 calories a day.
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Lifestyle

A major factor in health and wellness during pregnancy is the impact of stress. Stress can have negative effects in all stages of life. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to join a support group. Friends, medical professionals, and family may also help to minimize stress. Physical activity is also essential to health and wellness. Aerobics and stretching exercises can reduce the chances of problems during pregnancy.
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Mother's Age

Mother's who are older have a better chance of having a healthy baby than teen mothers. Teen mothers are more likely to experience high blood pressure and delivery resulting in low birth weight. Teen mothers are still growing which means that they will not receive the proper nutrition because it will go to the baby.
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Stages of Prenatal Development

1st Trimester- Begins at conception and continues until the 12th week of pregnancy. Head continues rapid growth appearing larger than the rest of the body. By the end of the second month, the embryo is about 2 inches long and weighs about 1/3 ounce. Frequent visits with the doctor are recommended.


2nd Trimester- 4 to 6 months. This is when the baby develops internal organs and starts growing rapidly. Baby may start to kick and stretch.


3rd Trimester- 7 to 9 months. Baby gains about 1/2 a pound weekly. Baby positions itself into a head-down position to prepare for birth.

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Editor's Note- Personal Story

If Lauren or I were to become teen mothers, we would try to finish high school, but still make plenty of time for the child. We would try to utilize the tips we read about and advice from our parents or family.