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 »
According to a recent study, at least 20 percent of women experience back pain during pregnancy and 30-50 percent of these women report it is severe enough to avoid social activities or stay home from work. Aches and pains during pregnancy and postpartum are not normal, although they are common.
Unfortunately, only 15-30 percent of women with back pain during pregnancy report receiving treatment. The good news is that treatment is available.
As a physical therapist, I treat patients with pain everyday. I am passionate about treating women throughout their lifespan, but especially during pregnancy and postpartum. Women have very different bodies during these phases of life and additional stressors limit their ability to take time to care for themselves. My focus is to make sure they take care of themselves and eliminate their pain, which allows them to return to normal activities and enjoy their pregnancy and new baby without pain.
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Sometimes certain life stages are better embarked upon when you have support from others going through the same thing, as well as expert advice from trained professionals in the field. Did you know that we offer pregnancy and family life community outreach classes for the community?
Our OB/GYNs provide exceptional health care, and our LifeSpan classes are a great complement to their services. LifeSpan takes care of all the questions and concerns that come along with parenthood.
Our newest class, Early Pregnancy, was developed for pregnant women to give their baby the best possible start in life. Moms-to-be will learn about stages of their baby’s development, nutrition recommendations and fun ways to be active throughout their pregnancy. Common prenatal tests, hazards to avoid and tips on easing common discomforts will also be discussed.
In conjunction with our Early Pregnancy class, our Childbirth Education Classes take moms-to-be through the final stages of pregnancy, baby’s birth and after care. Attendees learn techniques to use during labor and pain management options.
Other pregnancy or child-related classes include:
- Teen pregnancy program series
- Breastfeeding class
- Infant care class
- BirthPlace tour
- Moms’ Club
- Kids’ Keys to Safety class
- Safe Sitter babysitting class
- Puberty – mother and daughter class
- Signing with your baby class
- Tot Saver CPR class
- Car seat fitting stations
If you’re interested in learning more or attending any of our LifeSpan classes, check out our classes and events page on our website. There you will find further details on each event, class dates and times, locations and fees. All of them are open to the public and many of them are free!