HealthPromotion during Pregnancy

Healthpromotion during pregnancy

Educatingwomen on how to stay healthy during pregnancy is very critical.Expectant mothers should be well educated of the risk factorsassociated with the use of drugs (both legal and illegal),consumption of alcohol, environmental exposures, and nutrition anddietary habits. This paper addresses lifestyle changes that expectantmothers should consider about cigarette smoking during pregnancy(Tharpe, Farley &amp Jordan,2013).

Inmy health practicum, I treat people from all occupations, bothliterate and illiterate. Therefore, I intend to use flyers as well asintegrating five minutes session advice in the routine parental carefor all patient. I chose the topic on smoking during pregnancybecause despite the renowned health implications associated withsmoking, most women continue smoking even during pregnancy, (Dunkley,2012). Therefore, these mothers need help to quit the habitand thus, obstetric health care providers have a fundamental role inassisting them. Additionally, successful smoking cessation strategiesare those supported by clinical evidence and should be incorporatedinto routine parental care.

Smokingduring pregnancy has serious implications such as fetal death, poorbirth results, and infant complications such as preterm delivery,reduced birth weight, infant respiratory complications, and suddeninfant death syndrome (Schuiling &ampLikis, 2013). Maternal smoking enhances ectopic pregnancyrisks, preterm and premature membranes rapture, placental risks,premature births, and miscarriages. Long-term complication to themothers such as cancer, heart complications, death and other healthchallenges and diseases may occur.

Ichose to use flyers in health promotion because they can be posted inboth public and private locations. Flyers are naturallyinformational, cheap and can be given to the patient as they visitthe Obstetrics and Gynecologists. They can be displayed inexamination rooms and waiting rooms where patients can read abouthealth risks that are associated with smoking and recommendedbehavior-quitting strategies. Flyers are easy to mail to patients anda healthcare provider can give them to patients to read at home.

Thismedia piece will be suitable for my patientOB/GYN population because it will help them learn smoking relatedhealth risks, and recommended quitting strategies. After screeningthe patient, I can offer treatment for smoking cessation and throughthe take home flyers, the message will reach the wider populationoutside the clinic arena.


Dunkley,J. (2012).&nbspHealthpromotion in midwifery: A resource for health professionals.London: Baillière Tindall.

Schuiling,K. D., &amp Likis, F. E. (2013). Women’sgynecologic health(2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Tharpe,N. L., Farley, C., &amp Jordan, R. G. (2013). Clinicalpractice guidelines for midwifery &amp Women’s health(4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones &amp Bartlett Publishers.