Too busy to exercise during pregnancy? There is data out there suggesting that you should try to squeeze in a few workouts a week.
Some of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy for mom include:
- Reduced weight gain
- Improved muscle tone
- Improved self esteem
- Decreased incidence of varicose veins
- Improved sleep
- Decreased incidence of low back pain, musculoskeletal pains
- Improved posture, body mechanics
- Improved heart, lung function
- A possible link is decreased need for induction, cesarian deliveries, episotomy, anesthesia
- Prevents and provides treatment for:
During pregnancy you might find yourself tossing back and forth at night to find a comfortable spot. You may have to change your usual sleeping positions for your second and third trimester. Sleeping directly on your back after 20 weeks should be avoided. This is because a large vein, called the vena cava, delivers blood from your lower back to your heart. If you lie flat on your back and the baby is on the right side, it could compress the vein and could block delivery of blood back to your heart. Continue Reading »
So you made the big decision to proactively try to get pregnant. (Congrats!) Now what? Making healthy choices a month or two before you become pregnant is an important step to a healthy and happy pregnancy. This is a good time to focus on getting your body into its most healthy state. A few things you may want to consider are:
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin with .4mg of Folic Acid included – It’s recommended to take .4mg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester. This reduces your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent. Continue Reading »
A Cesarean delivery – also known as a C-section – is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen.
If you had or need to have a C-section delivery, you may have the ability to deliver your next baby vaginally. The decision to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is one of the most individually designed choices that a woman can make in childbirth. It requires a thorough discussion regarding the benefits and risks for each patient. Every pregnancy has specific characteristics to consider, which is why no one choice is the same for everyone. Continue Reading »
Due to a naturally weakened immune system, pregnant women and their growing babies are at higher risk for food borne illness which could lead to serious health problems. Follow these tips to avoid illness caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical contaminants:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling food as well as when using the bathroom, changing diapers or handling pets (have someone else change the litter box).
- Rinse fruits and vegetables carefully under running water and wash cutting boards, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water.
- Keep raw meats, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods and use a separate cutting board and a clean plate once food has been cooked. Continue Reading »