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Early Pregnancy Classes as a Vehicle for Lifestyle Education and Modification

DONNA K. CILISKA
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 74, No. 3 (May / June 1983), pp. 215-217
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41987061
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Abstract

Early pregnancy classes provide an ideal opportunity for education in health promotion and lifestyle modification. The format and content of early pregnancy classes at the Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Health Unit are described. Classes include the issues of that period of development — body changes and discomforts, fetal growth and development, dental care, emotional and relationship changes, and risk behaviours (smoking, alcohol and drug ingestion). In addition, the topics of smoking, nutrition, and exercise are approached from the perspective of modifying behaviour of both parents for a lifetime, not just the duration of pregnancy. Benefits to the fetus, child, and parent are emphasized. A lifestyle assessment tool and useful resources are included. Les cours de la grossesse-anticipées prevident une occasion idéal pour l'éducation de santé et pour suivant un style de vie. Le format et substance du cour grossesse manifesté par le Groupe de Santé Hamilton-Wentworth est décrit. Les cours comprement les questiers de cette période de développement, les changements du corps et ses margues de comforts, le développement du foetus, la poursinte d'hygiène dentaire, les changements émotifive et leur rapports, les risques de leur conduite (par example, defense de fumer, l'alcooh, et l'usage de médicament). Aussi, les subjets de l'usage des cigarettes, la nutrition et l'exercice sont approchés du perspective de modification de conduite entre les deux parents pendant leur vies, pas seulement pour la durée de la grossesse. Les advantages du foetus, de l'enfant et des parents sont soulignes. Les cours vous offre des suggestions pour l'estimation individuelle et les resources sont includes pour votre assistance.

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