Summary - Pregnant
In the Netherlands unwanted pregnancies are relatively rare. The average age at the first pregnancy is relatively high, 29 years. Teenage pregnancies are most common among Antillean, Surinamese and Moroccan girls. Pregnant women with a non-western background often report care only late in the pregnancy. The number of pregnant women with complex medical and social problems is rising. Medical factors, environmental factors and lifestyle factors (weight, smoking, vitamin use, substance use) affect conception, pregnancy and delivery. Whether or not an unborn child sustains damage due to the use of medication by the pregnant woman depends on: the time of use, dose and duration of use, and the properties and form of administration of the product. During pregnancy the chance of gum problems and caries is increased. Dental assistants therefore provide information about the importance of good oral care. Only if delay is not desired, x-rays are taken during the pregnancy and an anesthetic is given. When a pregnant woman calls the practice for an appointment or advice, the assistant takes into account (anxiety about) the pregnancy. Pharmacy assistants check with a prescription of a pregnant woman whether the product may be used during pregnancy.