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Changes In Pregnancy Early Pregnancy Class

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This is just an overview of changes that occur in pregnancy to be used at an early pregnancy/preconception antenatal class

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Changes In Pregnancy Early Pregnancy Class

  1. 1. What happens to the woman`s body?
  2. 2. Increase in vaginal discharge  Increased risk of thrush (Campbell &Lees  2000)
  3. 3. Increase in heart rate   Reduced blood pressure in early pregnancy  Slower blood flow in lower limbs in late pregnancy  Blood flow to kidneys increased  Increased blood flow to nasal passages, hands, feet  Increased blood flow to the breasts What do you think this can lead to?
  4. 4. Dilution of the circulating blood  What do you think this can lead to?
  5. 5. HCG and prolactin (hormones) suppress the  immune system What can this lead to?
  6. 6. Growing uterus presses on the bladder in  early pregnancy Full term uterus reduces the bladder’s  capacity. What are the effects of this?
  7. 7. Gums become swollen  Pica  Dulling of sense of taste in pregnancy  Large uterus presses on stomach and  intestines Extra fluid, placenta, baby, amniotic fluid,  increased fat stores
  8. 8. Hormones relax pelvic joints 
  9. 9. Change in skin pigmentation 
  10. 10. Increased blood supply  New Ducts and cells are formed  What do you think happens to the breasts?
  11. 11. HCG produced in early pregnancy  Increases in other hormones which normally  control women`s menstrual cycle. Progesterone relaxes smooth muscle  What do you think are the effects of hormonal changes and physical changes in pregnancy?

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