PSY FPX 6025 Assessment 1 Prenatal and Neonatal Quick Reference
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PSY FPX 6025 Assessment 1 Prenatal and Neonatal Quick Reference

PSY FPX 6025 Assessment 1 Prenatal and Neonatal Quick Reference


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Prenatal and Neonatal Quick Reference

Giving Birth During Adolescence

In 2012, over 86,000 adolescents between the ages of 15 to 17 gave birth, representing more than 1 in 4 teens who became mothers before completing high school. Alarmingly, nearly 1,700 teens in this age group give birth every week, underscoring the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy. Moreover, only 27% of teens aged 15 to 17 report never having engaged in sexual activity (National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2019).

Best Practices for a Healthy Pregnancy

Ensuring a healthy pregnancy significantly enhances the prospects of a healthy birth. Early and regular prenatal care is crucial in promoting a healthy pregnancy, with care ideally commencing even before conception through pre-pregnancy consultations with healthcare providers. Additionally, maintaining proper nutrition, attaining healthy weight gain, and supplementing with vitamins are essential habits to foster the well-being of both the mother and the developing fetus (American Psychology Association, 2020).

Supporting Lung Development

The development of fetal lungs undergoes several critical stages, starting from the pseudoglandular stage around 5 to 17 weeks of gestation, progressing through subsequent phases until the final stage, which initiates around the 36th week of pregnancy. Notably, the last month of gestation plays a pivotal role in lung maturation, emphasizing the importance of allowing babies to reach full term whenever possible to mitigate the risks associated with premature birth (Chisholm, 2021).

Exercise for Fetal Lung Health

Recent research presented at the 2021 European Respiratory Society International Congress suggests that maternal exercise during pregnancy can improve fetal lung health, potentially reducing the risk of respiratory ailments such as asthma later in life. This study builds upon previous findings linking low lung function in infancy to a heightened susceptibility to respiratory disorders (Ooko, 2021).

Impact of Environmental Factors

Environmental factors, including maternal exposure to pollutants, air fresheners, and certain cleaning agents, can significantly influence fetal development. Moreover, factors such as the quality of water used for bathing and the risk of infectious diseases like bird flu and salmonella can impact fetal growth and development, highlighting the importance of maternal lifestyle choices (Ooko, 2021).

Father’s Role in Prenatal Attachment

Father-child attachment begins during pregnancy, with interactions such as the father’s voice and feeling the baby’s movements fostering early bonding. This attachment deepens upon the baby’s arrival, as fathers actively engage in caregiving, contributing to the child’s emotional development and self-confidence (Biller, 1976).


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PSY FPX 6025 Assessment 1 Prenatal and Neonatal Quick Reference

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PSY FPX 6025 Assessment 1 Prenatal and Neonatal Quick Reference

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