Presentation on theme: "Healthy Fetal Development"— Presentation transcript:
1 Healthy Fetal Development How You Can Prevent Birth Defects.Katee Dirksen, Karissa Wilson, & September Johnson
2 Congratulations! You’re Pregnant! In the upcoming months, your baby will be going through stages of growth and development to prepare them for the outside world.It is important that you take the necessary precautions during this time to ensure a healthy pregnancy.This includes being cautious of what you put into your body.
3 Teratogens are drugs or other substances that interfere with fetal development, causing congenital malformations, more commonly known as birth defects.Two of the most avoidable ingested teratogens are nicotine and alcohol.Teratogens
4 The Effects of Nicotine on Your Unborn Baby There are more than 2,500 chemicals in cigarette smoke.In addition to the impact it can have on your own health, smoking causes many adverse effects on your unborn baby.(March of Dimes)Quit Smoking Bulletin. Pregnant Woman Smoking. N.d. Quit Smoking Tips, U.S.. Quit Smoking Bulletin. Web. 9 Aug
5 The Effects of Nicotine on Your Unborn Baby MiscarriageMothers who smoke have an increased risk of miscarriage.Mothers who continue to smoke throughout pregnancy have an increased risk of still birth. (Ackendorf)Pre-Term LaborLow Birth WeightCigarette chemicals can pass through the placenta into your baby’s bloodstream, slowing their growth. (Ackendorf)Babies born to mothers who smoke weigh an average of 200 grams less than those born to nonsmokers.(Van Meurs)
6 The Effects of Nicotine on Your Unborn Baby Placental problems are responsible for half of the deaths of infants born to women who smoke. (March of Dimes)Placenta Previa: smoking can cause the placenta to lie low, covering the opening in your uterus.Responsible for about 10 in 1,000 general birthsPlacental Abruption: the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before delivery.Birth defects caused by smoking include:Cleft lipCongenital heart defectsDevelopmental delayLearning disabilities (March of Dimes)Cerebral Palsy (Ackendorf)Increased risk of developing ADHD (Van Meurs)Unknown. Baby With Cleft Lip. N.d. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.. Department of Health and Human Services. Web. 13 Aug
7 Secondhand smoke is also harmful to your baby. Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to respiratory problems such as:Weak lungsAsthmaRespiratory infectionsBronchitisPneumoniaOther health problems related to secondhand smoke exposure include:Higher risk for ear infectionsHigher risk of dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)(Surgeon General)Children of smokers are more likely to contract various forms of cancer including:Acute Lymphocytic LeukemiaLymphoma (Van Meurs)Unknown. Secondhand Smoke. N.d. Secondhand Smoke Facts, Oregon. smokefree. Web. 13 Aug
8 The Effects of Alcohol on Your Unborn Baby Drinking ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY CAN CAUSE A WIDE RANGE OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL BIRTH DEFECTSEach year in the United States, up to 40,000 babies are born with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders(March of Dimes)
9 The Effects of Alcohol on Your Unborn Baby When a pregnant woman drinks, alcohol passes through the placenta to her unborn baby.Alcohol is broken down much more slowly in a baby’s body than that of an adult’s.The baby's blood alcohol level can be higher and remain elevated longer than the level in the mother's blood.This can cause the baby to suffer lifelong damage.
10 The Effects of Alcohol on Your Unborn Baby “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” (FASDs) is the term used to describe the many problems associated with alcohol exposure before birthExamples of FASDs include:Mental retardation,Learning, emotional, and behavioral problems,Heart, facial, and organ defects, and the most clinically recognizable form of FASD;Fetal Alcohol Syndrome(American Academy of Family Physicians)
11 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) FAS is the only cause of mental retardation that is 100% preventable.Physical abnormalities associated with FAS include:Flat midfaceUpturned nose with a flat nasal bridgeUnderdeveloped EarsSmall eyesThin upper lipUnderdeveloped and abnormally formed organs(Wattendorf and Muenke)Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that between 1,000 and 6,000 babies in the United States are born yearly with FAS.(March of Dimes)Wattendorf, Daniel. FAS Face. N.d. Abnormal Development - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, U.S.. University of New South Wales - Embryology. Web. 13 Aug
12 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Other than physical abnormalities, FAS can present other lifelong effects including:Some degree of mental disabilityPoor coordinationShort attention spanEmotional and behavioral problemsYou are 56% more likely to have your baby contract FAS by binge drinking 3 or more times in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy then a women who hasn’t drank at all. (March of Dimes)Because there currently is no way to predict which babies will be damaged by alcohol, the safest course is not to drink alcohol at all during pregnancy.(Washington State Dept. of Health)
13 Identify Your Barriers What is preventing you from quitting?Common barriers include:Withdrawal symptomsFear of failureWeight gainLack of supportHistory of depressionEnjoyment of the “buzz”(Washington State Dept. of Health)Unknown. Pregnant Woman Drinking and Smoking. N.d. Reasons You Should Not Drink Alcohol When Pregnant, U.S.. TestCountry.com. Web. 9 Aug
14 Identify Your Triggers Before you can commit to quitting, you must identify the factors which cause the urge to smoke or drink.Once identified, you can try any of the following to distract yourself:Occupy your hands. Do an activity such as drawing, squeezing a rubber ball, or working on a craft project.Occupy your mouth. Suck on hard candy, chew gum, use a toothpick or straw, or sip water or juice. Avoid caffeinated beverages.Occupy your mind. Think about your baby, or other pleasant activities.Change your routine to resist urges!(Washington State Dept. of Health)
15 Other Factors for Quitting Successfully If possible, ask others not to smoke around you.Leave the room when others light a cigarette.Avoid situations and/or places where alcohol is served.Have a “Quit Buddy”.A partner, or close acquaintance who doesn’t drink or smoke.Have a support system.This can be family, or other important people in your life.Understand the harmful affects of drinking and smoking.Not only for your baby, but for yourself as well.Although quitting early in pregnancy will yield the greatest benefits to you and baby, quitting at any time is better than not quitting at all.(March of Dimes, Washington State Dept. of Health)
16 Rewards Improved overall health Improved sense of taste and smell Save moneyFeel better about yourselfHome, car, clothing, breath etc. will smell betterCan stop worrying about quittingSet a good example for childrenHave healthier babies and childrenNot worry about exposing others to smokeFeel better physicallyPerform better in physical activitiesReduced wrinkling and aging of skinRewardsThere are many benefits of stopping tobacco and alcohol use.
17 SMOKING RESOURCESSmoke-Free Families:American Lung Association:American Cancer Society:American Heart Association:American Medical Association:United States Department of Health and Human Services:Centers for Disease Control Office on Smoking and Health:Centers for Disease Control Tobacco Information and Prevention Source:National Cancer Institute:EPA Environmental Tobacco Smoke:QuitNet: in 1995, QuitNet is a Web-based smoking cessation and resource forum funded by Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program.Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Kick Butts Day: Butts Day is an annual program that encourages activism and leadership among grade school students.1800quitnow.cancer.gov/A toll-free quit line (800)-QUITNOW ( ) - Phone counseling and follow-up support calls available.ResourcesWhen you are ready to quit, we are here to support you and have resources that can help you.
18 ALCOHOL RESOURCESFASD Center of ExcellenceNational Organization on Fetal Alcohol SyndromeAmerican Society of Addictions MedicineSubstance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug InformationNational Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), (800) NCA-CALL ( )The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence, (866)ResourcesWhen you are ready to quit, we are here to support you and have resources that can help you.
19 Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Future Staying safe and healthy throughout pregnancy is important.This can be achieved through:Good prenatal care,Exercise,Nutritious diet, and;Avoidance of cigarettes, alcohol, and other harmful teratogens.If you have any questions, or would like more information on how to achieve your healthy pregnancy goals, please contact your doctor.
20 Works CitedAckendorf, J. (2008, September 20). Dangers of Smoking During Pregnancy: Potential Harm to Baby When a Pregnant Woman Smokes. Prenatal Health. Retrieved July 29, 2010, from"Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy - March of Dimes." Pregnancy, Babies, Prematurity - March of Dimes Foundation. March of Dimes, Nov Web. 04 Aug <http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1170.a sp>. Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: Guidelines for Intervention. Washington State Department of Health, Dec Web. 03 Aug <http://here.doh.wa.gov/materials/smoking- cessation-during-pregnancy-guidelines-for-intervention/15_PregSmok_E09L.pdf>. "Smoking During Pregnancy - March of Dimes." Pregnancy, Babies, Prematurity - March of Dimes Foundation. March of Dimes, Apr Web. 31 July <http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1171.a sp>.The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Office of the Surgeon General (OSG). Retrieved August 4, 2010, fromVan Meurs, MD, K. (1999, September 5). Cigarette Smoking, Pregnancy, and the Developing Fetus. Stanford University School of Medicine. Retrieved July 29, 2010, from med.stanford.edu/medicalreview/smrp14-16.pdfWattendorf, D., & Muenke, M. (2005, July 15). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. American Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved August 13, 2010, from