Beginning Right Maternity Research Paper

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Beginning Right maternity program SM Healthy Pregnancy Handbook Pregnancy basics for healthier moms and babies 22.07.300.0 (1/08) Welcome to the Beginning Right maternity program Aetna’s Beginning Right maternity program offers information and services to help you give your baby a healthy start. This Aetna‡ program offers a pregnancy risk survey (PRS), stop-smoking program and other resources to help you have a healthy baby. For a complete list of program features, visit the Beginning Right website insurance plans are offered, underwritten or administered by Aetna Life Insurance Company and its affiliates (Aetna). Health information programs provide general health information and are not a substitute for…show more content…
That’s why it’s important to have regular prenatal visits to have your blood pressure checked. Women who have high blood pressure before pregnancy (or develop it before the 20th week of pregnancy) have what is called “chronic hypertension.” This form of hypertension does not go away after delivery. If you know you have high blood pressure you should see your doctor before you get pregnant. Without treatment, hypertension can cause serious problems such as slow fetal growth, low birth weight and preterm delivery. The good news is that these problems can usually be prevented with good prenatal care. In fact, most women with hypertension can have healthy pregnancies. Hypertension that starts during pregnancy is called “gestational hypertension.” Gestational hypertension has the same risk factors as chronic hypertension. The only difference is that it goes away on its own after delivery. Hypertension can lead to a serious condition called preeclampsia. Women with preeclampsia have both high blood pressure and protein in their urine. They may also have swelling of the hands and face; sudden weight gain (five or more pounds in one week); problems with vision (such as blurriness and flashing lights); severe headaches; dizziness; and pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. Call your doctor right away if you develop any of these…show more content…
These signs can appear any time within the first three months after delivery: ■ Treatment There are safe and effective treatments available for postpartum depression. These can include behavioral therapy and support, medications or a combination of both. Your doctor can help you find the treatment that’s best for you. If you are breastfeeding, be sure to ask your doctor about side effects before starting any new medications. Feeling depressed, with tearfulness or crying spells Feeling nervous or afraid, often about the baby’s health or about being a mother Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty Feeling moody or very stressed Losing interest or pleasure in activities, including being a mother Not able to concentrate or make decisions Sleep problems (trouble falling asleep or waking up very early) Feeling extremely tired, beyond the normal feelings caused by caring for a newborn Ongoing thoughts about death, including suicide Problems caring for the baby Appetite changes (eating too much or not eating enough) ■ ■ When to call a

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