KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: Reaction to Kyle Rittenhouse ‘not guilty’ verdict


  • Heidi Hatch, 2News Anchor


  • Maura Carabello, Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes former, Utah Speaker of the House

Rittenhouse Verdict:  Was Justice Served?

Federal Human Infrastructure “Build Back Better” vote Thursday night.
CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would result in a net increase in the deficit totaling $367 billion over the 2022-2031 period, not counting any additional revenue that may be generated by additional funding for tax enforcement.

Utah surplus $614 Million
What is the best use for the money likely in bank because of federal pandemic funds?

Elections certified this week and there were a few close races! 

Sandy City Council voted not to certify election calls for another recount

Sandy City Mayor

  • MONICA ZOLTANSKI         8,620 (50.1%)
  • JIM BENNETT                       8,599 (49.9%)

Utah Birth Certificate Forms
UDOH has been requiring Utah moms to fill out questionnaires with more than 100 questions including personal health information. A 2News investigation is forcing changes to the form, what’s required and who gets that information.

Now and audit could be in the works.

The state has a new Chief Privacy Officer – will Whitney Philips just appointed by the State Auditor be able to help?

Virtual car seat checks to help keep babies safe

Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital is offering virtual car seat checks to help parents anywhere in the Intermountain West learn to properly install and use car seats to protect their babies.

Jade Elliott spoke with Jessica Strong, Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, and Michelle Jamison, Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, to learn about the virtual car seat checks.

“Proper installation and use of car seats are critical to keeping children safe, but many new parents and caretakers have questions about whether they’re doing it correctly,” said Jessica Strong, community health manager at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

“Primary Children’s child passenger safety technicians have offered free car seat checks at Intermountain hospitals and community events for decades. We’re thrilled to continue those face-to-face encounters, and offer virtual options to bring critical safety information to parents and caretakers.”

Virtual car seat checks were piloted in 2020, when pandemic restrictions prohibited many face-to-face child safety events, Strong said. Primary Children’s opened the virtual options earlier this year, and plans to continue them to meet demand.

Here are some important things to remember about infant car seats:

  • Always place the infant car seat rear-facing in the back seat of a vehicle.
  •  Make sure your car seat fits properly in your vehicle. Check the vehicle owner’s manual and the safety seat instructions for proper placement procedures.
  •  Send in the safety seat registration card to stay informed about updates or recalls.
  •  Destroy a child safety seat if it has been involved in a crash, even if it still looks like it is in good condition. Damage that affects a seat’s ability to withstand another accident is not always visible.
  •  Avoid secondhand and expired safety seats.

Here are the steps to set up a virtual car seat check, and what to expect:

  • Call 801-662-6583 to schedule an appointment.
  •  You’ll need a portable device with a camera, such as a phone, tablet, or laptop.
  • Primary Children’s will send an email containing information about what to have on hand at your appointment.
  •  A text or email will be sent before the appointment with a link to the virtual meeting room.
  •  A certified car seat technician will demonstrate proper techniques with a car seat, then observe and guide the parent or caretaker install and use the device.

More information can be found at www.primarychildrens.org/safety.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

Parents Empowered: Impact of talking about goals for the future on underage drinking

With the holidays just around the corner, our children will have more free time. That often means unsupervised time without parents.

Parents Empowered of Utah say it’s a great time to talk to your teens and children about avoiding alcohol. One way to start the conversation is talking about goals for the future and what your kids want to be when they grow up.

“Underage alcohol can harm areas of the brain that are really important, like decision making, memory, impulse control,” says Elizabeth Klc, director of the Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council. “Those kinds of areas that are really important to have working well, you want them to protect their brain, talking to them about that and talking about things they want to accomplish in their lives is huge.”

KUTV 2News’ Heidi Hatch sits down with Klc in this episode of the Parents Empowered podcast.

KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: Redistricting, Dixie State name change, Huntsman podcast

Host: Heidi Hatch


  • Greg Hughes
  • Maura Carabello

Special Session

Bail Reform: Bi-partisan roundtable deal

  • Greg Hughes worked as a lobbyist on the issue

Utah Redistricting

Legislature passes bill allowing exemptions to Biden vaccine mandate

  • The bill passed on party lines
  • Exemptions are the same as available in Utah schools
  • Religious, Medical, Personal
  • Some exemptions remain for Federal workers, small businesses
  • Will there be repercussions for ignoring the will of the people in creating the independent redistricting commission?

Dixie State Name Change to Utah Poly Tech- Name changes officially in July 2022.

  • The campus will still be called Dixie for 20 years.
  • Senate Voted 17-12

Abby Huntsman Podcast: interviews her father former Governor Jon Huntsman

  • Huntsman does not shut the door on a possible run in the future
  • Says there is no one trying to find middle ground in Congress
  • Called the 2020 gubernatorial primary in Utah a “ridiculous election”

What to expect during the third trimester of pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what is happening to your body during each trimester and what is happening with your baby’s development week by week. Jade Elliott spoke with Leah Moses, a certified nurse midwife with Intermountain Healthcare, about some of the most common questions she has women ask when they come in during their third trimester for prenatal visits and to explain why those visits are so important to help you and your baby stay healthy.

Your third trimester begins at about 25 weeks of pregnancy. The third trimester is a time of more frequent prenatal visits, usually every two weeks from 28-36 weeks and every week from 36 weeks until delivery.

Screenings during the third trimester

If you haven’t already had a glucose tolerance test, your doctor or midwife will recommend one between 24-28 weeks.

Group B Strep Test

Nationally, it’s recommended that all pregnant women be tested late in pregnancy (usually starting at about 36 weeks to detect Group B Strep bacteria.

Group B streptococcus [strep-tuh-KOK-uh s] or group B strep is a common bacteria that can live in the human genital and gastrointestinal tract. It’s not the same bacteria that causes strep throat, and in adults it usually doesn’t cause illness. When a pregnant mom has Group B Strep, it can be dangerous because the unborn baby can be exposed to this bacterial environment once mom’s water breaks and during childbirth. Infection can cause serious, even life-threatening, problems in a newborn, such as lung infections, blood infections, and meningitis (inflammation of the tissues around the brain and spinal cord).

Group B Strep is common. Studies show about 20 percent (1 out of 5) pregnant women carry the Group B Strep bacteria but have no symptoms. Based on data from the Utah Department of Health from Jan 2015 – July 2019, the incidence of newborn infection caused by GBS is higher in Utah compared to the national incidence.

If you do test positive for Group B Strep, simple precautions need to be taken before your baby is born.

Why is it important to manage high blood pressure during pregnancy?

Your blood pressure is checked at every prenatal visit. This is especially important to detect preeclampsia or other complications that may manifest in the third trimester.

Complications of high blood pressure can be very serious and include:

  • Preeclampsia, when high blood pressure can lead to organ damage in the mother and ultimately cause problems with the baby
  • Eclampsia, when the mother can have seizures
  • A stroke due to very high blood pressure.
  • Decreased blood flow to the placenta can lead to baby receiving less oxygen and fewer nutrients, causing low birth weight
  •  Sometimes a recommendation is made for a preterm delivery

Measuring baby’s growth

At each visit, a fundal height measurement is taken to make sure baby’s growth is correct. This measures the length from the pubic bone to the top of belly. Generally, you’ll measure the same number of centimeters as weeks you are pregnant.

Increasing fatigue and discomfort

Fatigue very common during the third trimester. Many women have increased ligament and muscle, pain or back pain as baby grows larger. Remedies include a warm shower, warm pack, or in some cases pelvic physical therapy.

Because of the extra fluid in your body, your hands and feet may swell, especially toward the end of the day. Some women find they need to go up a shoe size to allow for this change.

Sleep challenges

As you become more uncomfortable or have increasing heartburn, getting good sleep at night can be a challenge. Think of it as your body getting you ready for when your baby will wake you up in the night. It’s important to have a good attitude. For best blood flow, lay on your left side rather than flat on your back. But don’t worry about it too much. A pillow between the legs or a body pillow can help you find a comfortable position.

Breast changes

By 29 weeks, your breasts have begun to produce colostrum. Also called pre-milk, colostrum will be the first meal for a breastfed infant. Colostrum is usually thick and yellowish and may leak from your breasts. This is a normal sign that your body is preparing for your baby’s arrival.

Skin changes

As your skin stretches it may feel itchy and stretch marks may develop. Using lotion can help dry, itchy skin.

Baby’s development during the third trimester

As your baby grows larger, you may feel your baby’s movement more strongly, or some women feel movement is more subtle, since there’s not a lot of room for baby to move around. Your internal organs are feeling the squeeze of your rapidly growing baby.

Your baby begins to gain more fat during the third trimester to reach a healthy birth weight. Baby can gain a pound per week in the final weeks. The wrinkles on the skin smooth out and the cheeks plump slightly. The bones begin to harden. The hair on your baby’s head may take on color and texture. Your baby begins to shed the downy lanugo hair that has covered his or her body for the first weeks of life.

Your baby’s lungs become fully developed at 37 weeks. Your baby’s hearing develops, and he or she can differentiate between mom and dad’s voices. Eyelashes develop.

Sign up for a prenatal class

If you haven’t already, sign up for a prenatal class to help you know what to expect during labor and delivery and how to prepare for it and how to create a birth plan. Intermountain has online options available. Keep in mind that everything in labor and childbirth doesn’t always go as planned, so be flexible in your plan. Elective inductions are not recommended. It’s also a good idea to learn all you can ahead about how to care for your newborn baby and take a breastfeeding class.

Identify your labor coach and or support people

Talk to your partner, doula, family or friends and determine who you want to be there during labor and delivery. Be sure to check the visitor policy with your local hospital.

This is also a good time to talk about what support you’ll have at home after the birth while you’re recovering.

Now that you’re really showing in the third trimester, many women report that everyone wants to tell you their birth story. It’s ok to set boundaries. Some stories are inspiring, and others might create fear. You can stop and tell them you want your own labor experience and will I’d hear about their story later.

Nesting Instinct

Cleaning. decorating, setting up the baby’s room. Organizing things at home. According to researchers, pregnant women’s “nesting instinct” is quite real, very common, and probably triggered by surging hormones. Whatever the cause, your preoccupation with domestic affairs right now can be handy. It’s a good nudge to help you prepare your home for a new resident.

Pack Your Hospital Bag

Pack your bag for the hospital ahead of time. You never know when you might go into labor or if labor might progress very quickly.

Labor signs

In your final prenatal visits, your doctor or midwife will check your cervix. With gloved fingers, your healthcare provider will gauge whether and how much the cervix has thinned and shortened (effaced) and opened (dilated). Cervical changes are clues to your body’s readiness for labor. You may be dilated to 2-3 cm for a couple of weeks before delivery.

At 36 weeks, your provider will check to see if your baby is in the head down position and getting ready for delivery. Your provider can Can do help give you exercises or manually turn the baby if needed.

Braxton Hicks – or practice labor contractions

Dehydration can lead to contractions that are not labor contractions. Be sure to stay hydrated

Braxton Hicks contractions are a tightening of the uterine muscles. They can last 30 seconds to a few minutes. They can feel strange, but they’re not usually painful. They go away. It’s thought that these contractions are like uterine warm-ups, helping to tone and ready your body for the intense contractions of true labor.

True Labor

Labor contractions feel like strong menstrual cramps or a lower backache that comes and goes.

You’ll know you’re in true labor if your contractions:

  • Are regular and follow a predictable pattern (such as every 9 minutes)
  • Gradually get closer together
  • Last progressively longer

When to call your doctor or midwife

Call your provider if your water breaks. Your vaginal fluid becomes thinner and may leak a bit. You will know if your water breaks, it will drip down your legs. You should also call your provider if you have bright red bleeding. Some blood tinged mucous is normal.

Call your provider when your contractions are regular and are four to five minutes apart and continue for an hour.

As you finish your third trimester, take care of yourself and plan for how you can take a break and practice self-care after your baby is born. Adjusting to the demands of a new baby and your growing family takes time. It’s kind of like the fourth trimester. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the precious time you have with your baby.

For more information about pregnancy or to find a women’s health provider, visit intermountainhealthcare.org

Intermountain offers online childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes or you can call your local hospital for more information.

Other pregnancy resources:



The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

Take 2 Podcast: 2024 National Convention; Mitt Romney as Ted Lasso

  • Host: Heidi Hatch
  • Guests: Senator Kirk Cullimore
  • Maura Carabello- Exoro Group

Take 2 October 29th

2024 SLC National Convention Bid:

  • 2012 and 2016 were lost, do we have a chance this time around?
  • Did the 2020 VP Debate win us any political brownie points?

Representative Christiansen steps down from the Legislature and his day job at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

“While I expected, unfortunately, to be personally maligned and ridiculed as a public servant, I did not expect to see individuals attack my wife as they have, nor to see the significance of the impact of those attacks on her and our family.”

Rob Bishop quits redistricting committee- no replacement to be made.

Speaker Wilson Responds to Commissioner Rob Bishop’s Resignation from the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission

Speaker Brad Wilson issued the following statement:

“I appreciate Congressman Bishop’s willingness to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission over these past several months. I share his frustrations with how the commission has conducted its business. His decision to step down at this point in the process is further evidence that the duly elected representatives of the people are best suited to redraw district boundaries, as the courts have repeatedly affirmed. As we expect to receive and review maps from the commission in just over a week, I do not intend to appoint a replacement.”

Maps are in ink and Wilson says “Legislature may reevaluate redistricting process”

Utah House Majority Leader Francis Gibson says he’s resigning effective November

Special Session: What’s on the table?

  • Official name change for Dixie Sate?
  • Vaccine Mandates
  • Redistricting Maps

Harmons: 1st Utah company to impose $200 penalty for workers not vaccinated. Health Insurance surcharge to be charged monthly.

Mitt Romney Halloween: Ted Lasso, Coach Taylor mashup.

Love it or hate it?


What to expect during the second trimester of pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what is happening to your body during each trimester and what is happening with your baby’s development week by week. Jade Elliott spoke with Leah Moses, a certified nurse midwife with Intermountain Healthcare, about some of the most common questions she has women ask when they come in during their second trimester for prenatal visits and to explain why going to those visits are the best way to help you and your baby stay healthy.

The middle part of your pregnancy is called the second trimester. It is made up of weeks 13-14 through about weeks 26-27. Many women enjoy this middle part of pregnancy as your body has had time to adjust to being pregnant, morning sickness may subside, and your baby is not so big that you feel quite uncomfortable yet.

It’s also an exciting time, as an ultrasound is typically done during the second trimester, at about 18-20 weeks, and you can see how the baby is developing and find out the gender if you wish (if your baby is in an ideal position to identify the gender). This is also the trimester when you get to start feeling your baby move.

Your body during the second trimester

As morning sickness eases, your appetite may increase. If you’ve had unusual food cravings, these may ease or change. Your growing appetite supports your rapidly growing baby.

Hormones may prompt your body to produce more pigment (coloration). And increased blood flow can boost oil gland secretion. Together, these can cause a variety of changes in your skin.

Some women have rosier cheeks, smoother and softer skin — the “glow” effect of pregnancy. But many other women have new acne, and some develop discoloration in their face (the “mask of pregnancy”).

During pregnancy, your blood volume increases by 30 – 50%. You may notice that the veins on your breasts, legs, and abdomen are more visible. You may also have a stuffy nose — a byproduct of increased blood flow to the membranes in your nose.

Round ligament pain is common in the second trimester of pregnancy. This is brief pain in your lower abdomen, hip, or groin. It’s caused by the stretching of the round ligament that supports the uterus and connects it to the front of the groin area.

Pregnancy brings changes to your hair. For one thing, your hair is growing faster. It’s also falling out less. These are temporary effects of hormonal changes. You may also notice changes in your hair’s texture and color. Your hair may be curlier, oilier, dryer, straighter, coarser, etc.

Fetal movement

By about 21 weeks, you may have felt your baby move. The sensation may be subtle — a fluttering or bubbling feeling, perhaps like tiny popcorn pops. Later on, you’ll feel definite kicks and rolls as your baby moves inside you.

If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel or recognize your baby’s movements just yet. Experienced mothers, however, often report feeling their baby move as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Weight gain

By about 22 weeks, you probably have gained 10 or more pounds. The new weight is distributed throughout your body and to your growing baby. Your doctor or midwife can help determine a healthy pregnancy weight gain for you.

In general, a pregnant woman can expect to gain 2 to 4 pounds in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and slightly less than a pound per week for the rest of her pregnancy.

Don’t use your pregnancy as an excuse to overindulge with huge portions or sweet treats. For good nutrition during pregnancy, you only need about 300 extra calories a day. Make sure these extra calories come from nutrient-rich foods. Go for extra portions of fruit and vegetables — not extra sodas or desserts.

Glucose tolerance test

Between 24-28 weeks, during the end of the second or beginning of the third trimester, your doctor or midwife will recommend a glucose tolerance test, which screens for diabetes. The screening tests how your body processes sugar and will help determine if further testing is needed to determine if you have gestational diabetes.

Depending on the results, your doctor may suggest some changes to your diet and/or test you again later in the pregnancy or talk to you about a treatment plan. Treating diabetes during pregnancy is extremely important to protect the health of both mother and baby.

Postpartum depression or peripartum mood disorders

If you find yourself prone to tears or quick anger, you’re not alone. Many women report intense mood swings, particularly in the first and third trimesters. It’s a lot like what many women experience in premenstrual syndrome (PMS). You may also feel distracted and forgetful. This is normal and common.

Many women have heard of postpartum depression, but may not know that it can begin during pregnancy and can manifest not just as depression, but as anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. The best term is peripartum mood disorders, as that covers the time during pregnancy and after childbirth and the various ways behavioral health conditions can manifest. Pregnancy and childbirth are major life changes that can add stress. And stress can be a factor in your mental health.

Intermountain healthcare providers practice under a mental health-integration model, where primary care providers screen patients for behavioral health conditions. Talk to your doctor or midwife if you have symptoms of depression or anxiety that are severe or last longer than 2 weeks. These include sadness, trouble concentrating, guilt, worry, indifference, or changes in sleeping and eating patterns.

Baby’s development during the second trimester

When the second trimester starts, your baby is about 3 inches long “from crown to rump.” This means your baby is being measured from the top of its head to its bottom (instead of head to toe) because the legs are curled up to the baby’s stomach.

At this time, your baby’s head is the biggest part of their body. But, by the end of the second trimester, the rest of your baby’s body will grow to 9 inches—or even longer.

  • Your baby will start to hear sounds, such as your heartbeat, by about the 18th week of pregnancy. Your baby’s hearing will improve, and they will be able to hear your voice.
  • Your baby’s eyes may open as early as the 20th week. Before this, the eyelids have been sealed shut. However, your baby’s eyes cannot see anything until the third trimester.
  • Your baby will have fingerprints and footprints by the end of the second trimester.
  • Fine hair and a white waxy substance cover and protect your baby’s skin. The skin is thin, loose, and wrinkled
  •  Your baby’s digestive system will start to function. The baby also will begin to produce and release urine, which becomes amniotic fluid.
  • Your baby’s nervous system develops and your baby will be able to feel all your movements and their environment by the end of the second trimester.

Fetal movement

Your baby is moving almost all the time throughout your pregnancy. However, you won’t start to feel it until about the 20th week. At first, you may notice a fluttering feeling. It can be hard to tell if this is your baby or something else. Soon enough, the movements will become very noticeable. Your partner may be able to feel the baby move as well. You might even be able to see your belly move when your baby “kicks.”

Your baby’s movements are helping them prepare for life outside your body. Muscles grow stronger as your baby learns to kick, suck, and open and close their hands. Your baby also practices making faces, such as frowning, smiling, and squinting.

After 20 weeks, about 10 movements an hour is baseline for a healthy baby. You may not notice movement as much when you’re busy or moving. Movements are more noticeable when you’re quiet or resting.

As you go through your second trimester it’s important to keep your prenatal appointments so you and your provider can help improve your and your baby’s chances for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

For more information about pregnancy or to find a women’s health provider, visit intermountainhealthcare.org

Intermountain offers online childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes or you can call your local hospital for more information.

Other pregnancy resources:



The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: Police response times in Salt Lake City

Host: Heidi Hatch


  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah House Speaker now registered lobbyist
  • Maura Carabello – Exoro Group

Salt Lake police response times: Chief Mike Brown hiring civilians to respond to low priority calls.

Many are retired officers. He sites parking, noise complaints. Are these calls really low risk? Aaron Lowe’s shooting and death followed multiple unanswered noise complaints. We now Lowe was ultimately shot over a parking dispute.

LINK: Salt Lake police exploring ways to reduce response times

Sex misconduct allegations inside Spencer Cox’s campaign for governor.
Joint statement released last week

Austin Cox attorney responded – we have requested an interview

In a statement Friday, attorneys representing Austin Cox – who is not related to the governor – called the accusations “baseless.”

“The personal relationship in question was a long-term relationship between two young single adults,” Austin Cox’s attorneys said. “The relationship was ended by our client earlier this year. Our client unequivocally and emphatically denies any allegations to the contrary.”

Questions Remain

  • Austin Cox was the Governor’s right-hand man.
  • Ran his campaign, took part in the Cox and Friends podcast, was positioned and ran for party Vice Chair.
  • Who knew what and when? Who investigated?

Ballots arrive in mailboxes: Ranked Choice voting in the mix

  • Will it work? Is it a good idea?

Salt Lake County Ranked Choice Voting 101

Facebook reactions:

  • “RCV is intended to manipulate outcomes.”
  • “What a joke. This is just another progressive voting tactic. I have never seen a republican win when it goes past the first stage….only democrats”
  • “Gonna steal some more elections…”
  • “One person, one vote, it’s a Soros funded scam”

Senator Mike Lee race: Jon Huntsman supporting Mike Lee

Next week on Take 2:

  • Senator Kirk Cullimore – Republican pitches a progressive clean air bill. “Prosperity 2030”
  • Says this is a top issue with constituents
  • Reduce emissions by 50% before 2030
  • Cars, factories and businesses in the crosshair

What to expect the first trimester of pregnancy

When you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what is happening to your body and what is happening with your baby’s development. Jade Elliott spoke with Leah Moses, a certified nurse midwife with Intermountain Healthcare, about some of the most common questions she has women ask when they come in for their initial prenatal visit and to explain why those visits are the best place to get information and answers about your pregnancy.

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant or think you might be pregnant it’s important to contact your provider.

Your provider can help check for many things to help ensure your pregnancy and baby are as healthy as possible. Once they know your medical history, they can provide answers for your unique circumstances.

At your first visit for a normal pregnancy that would be at about 7 weeks or so, your provider will likely:

  • Check your urine sample for infection and to confirm your pregnancy.
  •  Calculate your due date based on your last menstrual cycle or ultrasound exam.
  •  Recommend prenatal vitamins that include at least 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid. This can reduce the risk of a child born with serious birth defects of the spinal cord or brain.
  •  Help explain the risks that come if you drink alcohol or use illegal drugs, and also answer questions about what prescription or over the counter medications are safe or not safe for you to take during pregnancy.
  •  Perform blood tests to check your health and for infections that can affect pregnancy including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, rubella, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
  • Discuss immunizations and recommend a flu or COVID vaccine if you haven’t already received them.
  •  Do a complete physical exam, which may include a pelvic exam.
  •  Offer genetic testing: screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal fetal abnormalities, cystic fibrosis, or other specialized testing depending on your medical history.
  •  Talk with you about how to avoid toxic substances in foods or your environment.

If your pregnancy is healthy, your health care provider will help determine a care plan and regular schedule for visits. For a normal pregnancy it’s typically a visit each month during the first and second trimesters and more frequent visits during your third trimester. If you have a chronic health condition or complications during pregnancy you may need to be seen more often.

Your provider will also discuss any symptoms you are having or may experience during this time of your pregnancy.

Some of the common symptoms during the first trimester and why they occur:

Feeling tired – Your body is working hard to adjust to all the new physical changes. This can cause extreme fatigue. You may need to sleep longer than usual at night or take naps. Your energy will likely return in the second trimester.

Morning sickness – may include nausea and/or vomiting. It’s caused by pregnancy hormones. It’s fairly common in the first trimester. Morning sickness can occur at any time of day. Certain foods or smells might trigger these symptoms. Eating a saltine cracker, dry cereal or toast first thing in the morning before you get out of bed may help, as you may feel more nausea on an empty stomach. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.

There are over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements that may help with morning sickness. Taking vitamin B6 may help with nausea, even though it may not prevent vomiting. Ginger supplements also may relieve nausea.

Frequent urination – as your uterus grows, it pushes on your bladder. You may even leak a little urine when you cough or sneeze.

Lightheadedness – your body works overtime to make extra blood to support your baby and this can cause dizziness. If you are too hungry you might feel lightheaded.

Heartburn – This occurs because the muscles that break down food become more relaxed during pregnancy and hormone changes slow down the digestive process to give your body more time to absorb nutrients. Heartburn may increase in later pregnancy. Over the counter remedies such as Tums can help.

Constipation – The iron in prenatal vitamins may lead to constipation. Be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water and eat fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, beans, legumes, fresh vegetables and fruit. And keep moving by walking or exercising.

Skin changes – With hormones causing increased blood circulation and extra oil production, you may have a “pregnancy glow.” You may also have flares of acne.

Breast changes – The hormones in your body change to prepare for breastfeeding. As this occurs, your breasts may feel tender and swollen. You might notice small bumps forming in the area around your nipples. Your breasts may feel bigger and fuller.

Vaginal changes – The lining of your vagina will become thicker and less sensitive. It’s normal to have a thin, white vaginal discharge or mild vaginal bleeding (spotting). However, call your doctor if you have significant vaginal bleeding. If the bleeding is heavy or painful, go to an emergency room.

Expanding waistline – Your waistline will expand as your baby and uterus grow larger. You may not notice this change until the second trimester. It is normal to gain no or little weight in your first trimester.

Emotional changes – Hormones change significantly during pregnancy, and you may feel moody, forgetful, or unable to focus. Fatigue and stress can increase these symptoms. Take time for yourself and practice self-care.

Your baby’s development during the first trimester, week by week

Conception usually happens about 2 weeks after the start of your last menstrual period (LMP).

You may not know the exact day you get pregnant. Healthcare providers use your LMP to find out how far along you are in pregnancy.

During weeks 3-4, the fertilized egg moves through the fallopian tubes towards your uterus and attaches to the lining of the uterus. Once it’s implanted, it begins to grow and the placenta forms. At the end of four weeks, you may notice you’ve missed your period.

At week 5, the embryo’s neural tube forms. The neural tube becomes your baby’s brain, spinal cord, and backbone. Tiny buds start to appear that become your baby’s arms and legs. Your baby’s heart and lungs are developing, and your baby’s heart starts to beat. Your embryo is producing hCG, the hormone that can be detected in a pregnancy test.

At week 6, your baby’s heart beats about 105 times a minute. Her nose, mouth, fingers, toes and ears are forming and begin to take shape.

At week 7, your baby’s bones start to form but are still soft. Your baby develops eyelids, but they stay shut. Your baby’s genitals begin to form.

At week 8, all of your baby’s major organs and body systems are developing. The placenta is working.

At week 9, your baby is close to ½ an inch long now. Tiny buds appear that become your baby’s teeth.

At week 10, you may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat at your prenatal checkup. Fingers and toes continue to develop and your baby’s nails grow.

At week 11, your baby if now officially a fetus and her bones will begin to harden. Her skin is still thin and transparent, but becomes less so over time. Her head makes up about half of her size.

At week 12, your baby’s hands develop faster than her feet. She moves around, but you may not be able to feel her move yet. She’s about 2 inches long and weighs about ½ an ounce

During the first trimester your baby is making vital developments. It’s a critical time to see your provider and make healthy choices and take precautions to keep your baby safe.

For more information about pregnancy or to find a women’s health provider or calculate your due date, visit intermountainhealthcare.org

Intermountain offers online childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes or you can call your local hospital for more information.

Other pregnancy resources:



The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

Take 2: Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments


  • Maura Carabello – President and Owner of The Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah Speaker of the House- businessman and lobbyist

Biden brings Bears Ears and Grand Stair Case Escalante back to full size
Congressional Delegation Reaction:

“President Biden is delivering a devastating blow to the ongoing efforts by our delegation, along with state, local, and tribal leaders, to find a permanent, legislative solution to resolve the longstanding dispute over the boundaries and management of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Rather than take the opportunity to build unity in a divided region and bring resources and lasting protections to sacred antiquities by seeking a mutually beneficial and permanent legislative solution, President Biden fanned the flames of controversy and ignored input from the communities closest to these monuments. We will continue to support efforts to ensure that our monuments’ boundaries and management reflect the unique stakeholder interest and uses in the area, but today’s “winner take all” mentality moved us further away from that goal.”

Lee School Board Meetings:

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today demanded the Department of Justice (DOJ) not interfere with local school board meetings or threaten the use of federal law enforcement to deter parents’ free speech. This comes after DOJ issued a memorandum suggesting federal law enforcement may need to assist policing local school board meetings.

Read the Letter Here: lee.senate.gov

Cox campaign sexual Misconduct

Joint Statement by Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson:

Recently, a former campaign employee revealed to us that she believed she was the victim of sexual misconduct by our 2020 campaign manager, Austin Cox (no relation). Following this discussion, we placed Austin on administrative leave and engaged an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation. 

The investigation, which concluded this week, substantiated the woman’s claims and also found previously unreported hostile conduct towards select members of our team. Although the investigation found that there is cause for Austin termination, he resigned from his position prior to its completion. 

“I was devastated to learn of this violation of truest and deeply saddened by the pain it has caused,” Gov. Cox said. “I have apologized to the victim of this misconduct and other campaign staffers who experienced this harmful work environment. I take full responsibility for the failure of the campaign’s policies and procedures to prevent this from happening. The Lt. Governor and I condemn this behavior in the strongest terms and will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. We will do everything possible to make sure this never happens again.”

“This brave woman brought her experiences to light despite tremendous risk and personal hardship,” Lt. Gov. Henderson said. “It took incredible courage for her to speak up. We hope that any other victim of sexual or workplace misconduct knows that they have advocated and allies in us.” 

Statement from the attorneys of Austin Cox:

We are deeply disappointed in the joint press release issued yesterday via Twitter by Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson. Twitter is a powerful forum for advancing political narratives, but it is not the truth.

The personal relationship in question was a long-term relationship between two young single adults. The relationship was ended by our client earlier this year. Our client unequivocally and emphatically denies any allegations to the contrary.

Our client has not had a fair opportunity to share his side of the story. We are confident that any truly fair and impartial investigation would fully vindicate our client from baseless allegations.

Evan McMullin is running to unseat Mike Lee as an independent. Read more.

Last week we talked about SLCP response times- we followed up.

According to SLCPD they have:

  • Funding for 571 sworn officers
  • Currently 512 sworn officers on the force
  • SLCPD is currently down 59 sworn officers