Ch 6: Planning for Pregnancy, Childbirth & Parenting

About This Chapter

This self-paced chapter outlines the process of planning for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Inside, you'll find short lessons that can improve your understanding of these topics for a health class, upcoming exam or your personal knowledge.

Planning for Pregnancy, Childbirth & Parenting - Chapter Summary

Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting all require careful planning. In this chapter, our expert instructors lay out important planning and decision-making concepts surrounding each step of pregnancy. As you work through these simple lessons, you'll learn about the conditions of the prenatal, postnatal and neonatal environments, as well as the nutritional needs of mothers. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Explain considerations couples should make when deciding to have children
  • Assess issues that can arise when planning a pregnancy
  • Outline the fetal period of pregnancy, the prenatal environment and prenatal nutrition
  • Determine how the prenatal environment can be affected by the mother's physical/emotional state
  • Understand possible childbirth/labor complications
  • Evaluate the purpose of the Apgar test in the neonatal environment
  • Identify a newborn's capabilities, growth and milestones
  • Recognize nutritional needs for breastfeeding and the elements of postnatal care

Each lesson comes with a short quiz, and you can make sure you fully understand the material by taking the comprehensive chapter exam. You can reach out to our subject-matter experts if you have any questions about these parenting concepts. The chapter can be studied whenever you have free time, and it's accessible on virtually any device that has a connection to the Internet.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Planning for Pregnancy, Childbirth & Parenting
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Making the Decision to Have Children

1. Making the Decision to Have Children

In this lesson, I face one of my greatest fears: talking about having kids. We'll look at some points to consider, such as the costs and the way it changes a person's life. In addition, the idea of baby fever is also looked at.

Key Issues When Planning A Pregnancy

2. Key Issues When Planning A Pregnancy

When planning a pregnancy, important things must be considered to ensure maximum safety of both mother and child. This includes taking an assessment of your medications, supplements, medical conditions, and habits.

The Fetal Period of Pregnancy: Definition & Development

3. The Fetal Period of Pregnancy: Definition & Development

The fetal stage of pregnancy is a critical developmental phase for an unborn child. Many key changes take place to prepare the child for independent living outside of the womb. This article discusses the critical time periods within the fetal stage of development.

The Prenatal Environment and Hazards to Healthy Prenatal Development

4. The Prenatal Environment and Hazards to Healthy Prenatal Development

In this lesson, learn about the prenatal environment and what can be harmful to prenatal development. Learn about the hazards of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, disease and environmental pollutants during pregnancy.

Prenatal Care: Nutrition

5. Prenatal Care: Nutrition

Does the saying 'You're now eating for two' mean that a pregnant women should double her caloric intake? What types of foods are needed during pregnancy? What about foods to avoid? Learn this and more in this lesson on prenatal nutrition.

The Impact of Mother's Emotional and Physical State on the Prenatal Environment

6. The Impact of Mother's Emotional and Physical State on the Prenatal Environment

An unborn child and its mother are connected both physically and emotionally. Learn how prenatal development is affected by both the emotional and physical state of the mother in this lesson.

Complications that Can Arise Before or During Childbirth

7. Complications that Can Arise Before or During Childbirth

This lesson discusses the different kinds of complications that might arise during pregnancy and during childbirth. Issues like placenta previa and breech will be covered.

Types of Labor Complication: Preterm, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

8. Types of Labor Complication: Preterm, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Along with the joys of finding out you or a loved one is pregnant also comes lots of new words and things to learn. This lesson will help introduce you to some of the terms concerning labor that you or your loved one might hear as you talk with your doctor or read all those baby pamphlets.

The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Apgar Test

9. The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Apgar Test

The neonatal period lasts from birth until four weeks old. Care during this period is essential to healthy development. In this lesson, explore the neonatal environment and learn how the Apgar test is used to assess newborn functioning.

The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

10. The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

Newborn growth and development is an amazing process! In this lesson, you will discover how babies learn, when they acquire certain abilities, and what reflexes they are born with.

Nutritional Needs During Breastfeeding

11. Nutritional Needs During Breastfeeding

In this lesson, you will learn about nutritional requirements during breastfeeding. You will gain a clear understanding of the types of foods and beverages recommended as well as how much is recommended for women who are breastfeeding.

Postnatal Care and SIDS

12. Postnatal Care and SIDS

This lesson will address the often heard debate about breastfeeding vs. using baby formula in terms of which one is more beneficial. We'll also look into sudden infant death syndrome.

Chapter Practice Exam
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