Getting Ready for Baby
TobaccoCigarettes and vaping pens
Tobacco use during pregnancy increases the chances of birth defects, low birth weight, and preterm birth for your baby. Tobacco use during and after pregnancy also increases your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
While vaping does bring less toxins to the lungs than traditional cigarettes, nicotine is still in a vaping pen and is a chemical that is proven to increase health risks to your baby by damaging its brain and lungs during development.
Amarillo Public Health has free classes to help you quit tobacco where a Mayo Clinic trained pharmacist will guide you through free resources and counseling to aid in your journey to be nicotine free.
STDs While Pregnant
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also called sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, and syphilis. Some STIs can pass from mother to baby during pregnancy and through breastfeeding.
Mental Health While Pregnant
You might have heard about postpartum depression, but depression does not always start after you give birth.
Pregnancy is a time of shifting hormones, increasing costs of living, and new life challenges. Even under the best of circumstances, it can be overwhelming and difficult emotionally.
If you have symptoms, remember that depression is NOT your fault; it is a medical condition that can be treated with appropriate professional medical help. There is no shame or guilt in admitting you are struggling while you are pregnant and need help to get past a hard time.