PSYC 290 Chamberlain College Week 1 Nurse Health Care Investigator Discussion

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PSYC 290

Chamberlain College of Nursing



Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 2, 3
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to course text)

For this Check-Up, your patient is a 43-year-old female. She is 4 months pregnant for the first time, and she never expected to get pregnant as she believed herself to be infertile. She has enjoyed 2 glasses of wine each night her entire first trimester because she read a few articles by some renowned international obstetricians who suggested that having a glass of red wine during pregnancy is healthy to maintain normal blood pressure, and to reduce anxiety levels.

Your patient, Claudia, wants to know if it’s important for her to stop drinking her red wine each night, or if the warnings given by her family are just “super strict and overly protective.” Claudia needs facts to change her mind about this topic. As her Nurse/health care investigator, can you explain to her what the risks are for her to continue drinking 2 glasses of wine every night while she is pregnant? Do you think that you should also address other factors like her age, first time pregnancy, etc.? Use your Nurse/health care-Investigator skills and present the facts to her.

Writing Requirements (APA format)

  • Length: 1.5-2 pages (not including title page or references page)
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Title page
  • Reference page (minimum of 1 outside scholarly source in addition to course text)
  • In-text citations

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Consuming small amounts of alcohol, such as one or two glasses of wine per day while
pregnant, has been extensively studied to determine if it poses significant risks. Wine has shown
positive health benefits, such as decreased anxiety, regulating blood pressure, and providing
antioxidants. Regardless, women who become pregnant must be aware of how certain activities
such as consuming alcohol can pose dangers to a developing baby. In this case, the patient is a
43-year-old female who is four months pregnant and has been consuming up to 2 glasses of wine
per day throughout her first trimester. She requests more information on the risks of this behavior
and the validity of the articles she has read that advocate that two glasses of wine are not
dangerous and even contains certain benefits for pregnant women. It is recommended that
women do not engage in any alcohol consumption during pregnancy for many reasons.
Many major studies conclude that the safest route for pregnant women is not to engage in
alcohol consumption. Drinking impacts the fetus's developing neurons, leading to cognitive risks
and poses many other potential problems such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
(Santrock, 2019). A study mentioned by Charness et al. (2017) showed evidence of behavioral
problems in children and light to moderate alcohol consumption by the mother during pregnancy.
Bhuvaneswar et al. (2007) also state that alcohol can encourage preterm labor, decreased breast
milk, and when done within the first trimester, increases the risk of spontaneous abortion. The
CDC (2020) also warns that there is no known safe amount of alcohol consumption during
pregnancy as it can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and lifelong physical, behavioral
and intellectual disabilities as it is passed through the umbilical cord to the baby.
Physiology and Maternal Factors



There are certain physiological factors to consider when determining the effects of
alcohol on a fetus. The fetus tends to be exposed longer to any alcohol the mot...

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