The goal of this program is to provide nurses
and other healthcare professionals with practical information
about hormone activity during pregnancy.
Upon completion of this course, the participant
should be able to:
- Recognize the value of health
professionals understanding and educating their patients
and their families about hormone activity during
- Review basic terms and concepts about
- Indicate where specific glands are located
in the body.
- Differentiate between the hormone activity
involved in the normal menstrual cycle, and the hormone
activity occurring immediately after conception.
- Describe the features of the
placental/fetal unit and compare the protein and steroid
- Discuss the major activity of estrogen,
progesterone, hCG, and HPL.
- Describe the activity of the hypothalamus
- Compare the tissues and hormonal activity
of the anterior and posterior pituitary glands, including
FSH, LH, TSH, PRL, ACTH, GH, oxytocin and ADH.
- Discuss the major hormones of the thyroid,
parathyroid, pancreas, and adrenal glands with respect to
their actions during pregnancy.
- Differentiate between hormones and
prostaglandins, and describe the activity of
prostaglandins during pregnancy.
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