Congratulations! You're going to have a baby. Now what? Over the next few months your body will experience many physical changes. You may also face some unexpected challenges and emotions. At every stage of your pregnancy, you will have lots of questions. Is this normal? What happens next? We want to help! This page is full of resources to help you and your family.
Spinning Babies - for expecting moms after the 20th week of pregnancy
The CGH Health Foundation's Ways to Wellness program offers a 6-week OB Yoga Class (via YouTube videos) for our prenatal and postpartum moms! To register, talk to your CGH OB provider to be given a link to the class. (Provider permission required.)
DISCLAlMER: To reduce risk and avoid injury, please check with your healthcare provider before beginning any fitness program. By performing these exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. CGH Medical Center will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of these videos.
Prenatal Education Resources
"Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" Videos
As your pregnancy progresses, you may experience a wide variety of physical and emotional changes. This is normal and may include: backache, belly pain, breast changes, constipation and bloating, contractions, cravings, dizzy spells or feeling light-headed, emotional changes, fatigue, headaches, heartburn, hemorrhoids, joint pain, leg cramps, nausea, rapid heartbeat, saliva, sexual changes, shortness of breath, skin changes, stretch marks, stuffy nose and nose bleeds, swelling, urination, vaginal discharge, and varicose veins.
To make it easier for you to find more information about specific changes, see pages 17-23 in "Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" book.
How Babies Grow and Change
How we count the "weeks of pregnancy" can seem confusing. A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. If we say each month has exactly 4 seven-day weeks, then a pregnancy lasts 10 months, not 9. The total number of days is about the same though. During every month of your pregnancy, your baby continues to grow, develop and change.
Size: .05 inch
Weight: Weight of a poppy seed
- Pregnancy begins when the egg and sperm come together in the fallopian tube
- Over a few days, the fertilized egg travels down the tube and implants in the uterus
- The ball of cells that make up the fertilized egg begins to divide and specialize
- The placenta, amniotic fluid, and embryo begin to form
- This process takes about four weeks from the first day of your last period
Size: About ½ inch
Weight: About .04 ounces
- Circulatory system and other vital organs have begun to form
- This includes baby's heart, brain, spinal cord, lungs, eyes and ears
- The placenta and umbilical cord develop to carry oxygen and nutrients to the embryo
- Baby is now protected from harm in a sack of liquid called amniotic fluid
- By the end of this month all major organs and body systems have started to develop
Size: About 2 inches
Weight: Less than 1 ounce
- Embryo is now called a fetus and begins to look more like a human
- Arms and legs start to form and elbows take shape; baby starts bending and flexing their arms
- Fingers and toes are growing, facial features become more obvious
- The bones, muscles and intestines are also developing
- Baby's head seems huge because the brain is growing very quickly
Size: About 4 inches
Weight: About 3 ½ ounces
- Fingernails and toenails are growing and some hair may have sprouted
- Eyelids are fused shut, but eyelashes and eyebrows have begun to form
- The kidneys have begun working and now produce urine
- For the first time, the baby's heartbeat can be detected
- Your baby is moving, swallowing, and listening
Size: More than 6 inches
Weight: About 10 ounces
- Baby's teeth, eyelids, eyelashes and limbs are developing in detail and moving into position
- Hands are becoming more functional; the baby may play with their fist or suck their thumb
- Baby's neck is getting longer and the chin is not resting on the chest anymore
- Very fine hair (lanugo) and a waxy substance (vernix) cover the baby's body
- Lanugo and vernix protect the baby's skin while the baby floats in amniotic fluid
Size: About 12 inches
Weight: More than 1 pound
- You may feel the baby move for the first time around 16-25 weeks
- Baby may get very active for a day or two, then settle down for a few days
- The basic structure of the eye is forming and is positioned correctly on the head
- The lungs are fully formed but not yet functional
- The brain continues to develop rapidly
Size: About 15 inches
Weight: About 2 pounds
- Baby has reddish, wrinkled skin, is very thin and will put on needed fat until birth
- Their eyes are beginning to open, and the eyelids and eyebrows are fully formed
- Real hair begins to grow; fingernails have grown to the ends of the fingers
- Babies sometimes suck on their thumbs and make grasping motions with their hands
- Your baby can now hear you talk, read and sing
Size: About 17 inches
Weight: About 3 ½ pounds
- With special care, babies born at this stage of development can survive
- Your baby now kicks and stretches in response to sounds
- The eyelids and nostrils have opened and the baby is able to sense light, smell and taste
- Lungs form tiny air sacs called alveoli; baby starts making basic breathing movements
- The skin thickens and becomes dull; spinal structure mature and bones harden
- Different areas of the brain are continuing to develop
Size: About 18 ½ inches
Weight: About 5 ½ pounds
- Babies born during this month are still premature but have an excellent chance of survival
- The baby's bones and nails are getting harder
- All vital organs (except the lungs) are mature
- Wrinkles disappear as fat begins to deposit under the skin
- The lanugo hair begins to shed but some may remain on baby's back and shoulders
- Many babies are now moving into birthing position
- The baby's skull remains soft and flexible for birth
Size: About 20 inches
Weight: About 7 ½ pounds (average)
- The baby usually settles into a head-down position and waits for you to go into labor
- Baby's lungs are now fully mature and ready to function
- Regular fetal sleep patterns are developing that will continue after birth
- Your baby adds fat tissue to protect their vital organs and keep warm
- They also start storing iron in their liver to get ready for life outside the womb
- Waxy, white vernix on the baby's skin and lanugo hair are almost completely gone
"Your Guide to Postpartum and Newborn Care" Videos
CCI Scan + Play App: Videos and More!
The CCI Scan + Play app makes it fast and easy to watch helpful videos on several interesting topics in your “Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy” and “Guide to Postpartum and Newborn Care” books. Download the “CCI Scan + Play” app from the Google Play Store or iTunes, or visit www.customizedinc.com/ScanAndPlay. Then, look for the purple “Scan + Play” icons throughout your guidebooks. You can also use the app to access interactive features such as breathing exercises that can help you feel calm and relaxed, and stickers that you can add to photos to mark special milestones.
Support Services and Family Assistance
A CGH Ways to Wellness Program
You Are Not Alone
We're here to offer help and support for moms, dads, partners and/or family support persons.
Pregnancy is an exciting and sometimes challenging journey. But, if you are a new or pregnant mom struggling to cope; feeling overwhelmed; worrying all the time; if you know something needs to change, but
you don't know what or how; if you are having scary thoughts or feeling unusually unhappy or low, we can help you to begin the journey of hope and wellness.
How We Can Help
We feel that everybody - moms, dads and partners - should have somebody they can talk to, and sometimes
it can be difficult to bring up personal topics with friends or family. Through our CGH OB Support Group and/or 1-on-1 counseling at no charge to you, we work closely with you and your provider to help with the following issues:
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help
You are not alone! Talk to your healthcare provider or contact Sinnissippi Centers Councelor, Julie Kirchoff, BA, MHP, directly at 815-677-8342 or email@example.com. We can help find the resources you need to help take care of yourself, your baby and your family.
Need more support?
We will help connect you to the many different support systems within our community and online, including resources for medical insurance, food benefits, education, transportation, and more.
Depression and Anxiety
Getting help for childbirth-related depression and anxiety in the early stages can help you get the care you need to protect yourself and your infant.
Infertility, Miscarriage and Loss
We will help you navigate through your feelings of frustration or loss.
A CGH Ways to Wellness Program
Mending Thoughts (6-week Teen Support Group)
The Mending Thoughts Teen Support Group is led by Sinnissippi Centers Counselor, Marylu Hicks, MHP, and is a FREE service provided in partnership with the CG Health Foundation and Sinnissippi Centers.
Are you a teen or adolescent struggling with any of the following and looking for a listening ear?
- Emotional Stress
If you are, don't be afraid to ask for help. Please join our FREE CGH Mending Thoughts Support Group.
How We Can Help
This in-person group provides the opportunity for mutual support from other local youth who can relate to your feelings, as you chat with someone who is trained in how to deal with the stress you are experiencing. Together you will share your thoughts, vent, and problem-solve in a safe, supportive environment, while learning healthy coping skills and calming strategies that will help you live your teen years to the fullest.
You will receive the dates, time and location of the next open 6-week support group upon registration.
A CGH Ways to Wellness Program
CGH Ways to Wellness
The CGH Ways to Wellness program works with youth, families and adults. Effective treatment/counseling for individuals and families with emotional and/or behavioral health needs.
FREE counseling is available by phone.
Medical providers and Sinnissippi Centers are working together to assist you and your family in managing
the complexities of your medical and behavioral health needs.
The Ways to Wellness Coordinator will work with the individual's CGH provider to insure quality care to meet the needs of the patients and provide whole healing of their mind, body and spirit.
- Screening for mental health/substance use concerns.
- Assistance in obtaining insurance coverage.
- Assistance in locating a medical provider.
- Emotional support.
- Basic needs such as housing, nutrition assistance (food pantry), TANF, and employment.
- Connection to support groups.
- Counseling services provided.
- Other services as needed.
Ways to Wellness provides expert assessment, brief targeted intervention, and individual therapy for social,
emotional and environmental issues that impact client/family ability to optimally benefit from care.
Questions or Referrals
For questions or referrals, Contact Lakyn Waldschmidt, BS, MHP, Ways to Wellness Coordinator and Sinnissippi Centers mental health professional, at (815) 677-6172 or email her at Lakyn.Waldschmidt@cghmc.com.
Domestic violence is the use of physical, sexual and/or psychological cruelty or force to get and keep control over someone, and it is the leading cause of injury to women of childbearing age! When you are pregnant, this type of abuse puts both you and your baby at serious risk of injury.
You may be a victim of domestic violence if another person:
- Slaps, punches, chokes, kicks, shoves or spits on you
- Threatens or scares you with a weapon
- Forces or pressures you to have sex when you don't want to
- Blames you for their own violent behavior
- Withholds affection as punishment
- Takes away your house keys, car keys or money
- Tries to isolate you from your family and friends
If you are threatened or abused, tell someone who can help you right away.
Ask for help from your health care provider or a local agency that deals with domestic violence. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) or visit their website at www.thehotline.org
Does your family need assistance?
- The CGH Health Foundation has help in place for medication, transportation, mental health counseling, eyeglasses, cancer comfort care, mammograms, dental care, health screenings, and more. For more information on the resources available, visit www.cghmc.com/foundation.
- Find additional help you may need through 2-1-1. PATH's online database is available to anyone looking for basic needs, financial assistance, support groups and more. Enter your ZIP Code and/or City on the following link to receive better search results: www.navigateresources.net/path/Search.aspx