Pregnancy

July 14, 2017

Moms That Move – What You Need to Know about Exercise during Pregnancy

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Mission Orthopedics and Asheville Orthopaedics Associates Regular physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. Exercise does not cause miscarriage, poor fetal growth, musculoskeletal injury or premature delivery. In fact, physical inactivity and excessive weight gain are all risk factors for maternal obesity and […]

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June 8, 2017

If You Have Epilepsy, You Can Be a Mother, Too

Most women with epilepsy do not experience any problems becoming pregnant and have healthy babies. Although seizure medications carry a small risk of causing birth defects, choosing the right medication and having regular checkups during pregnancy can keep that risk to a minimum. Also, since having seizures during pregnancy can affect the baby, it’s important […]

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May 12, 2017

Tips for New Moms – 12 Ways to Take Care of Yourself after Having a Child

Meeting the increased demands of being a new parent can be a big challenge. It is easy to get overtired and overwhelmed during the first weeks. What used to be a simple chore, such as buying groceries, is not so simple now. Plus, you have new chores, including feeding and changing your new baby. At […]

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February 23, 2017

Embrace the Benefits of Breastfeeding for a Healthy Baby and Mother

By Michelle Tiernan As a new mom, breastfeeding is one of the best ways you can give your newborn a healthy start in life. But it also offers you many surprising benefits, from losing extra weight to saving time and money. A Healthy Start Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for a […]

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February 10, 2017

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) – How to Determine If It’s Right for You

By Trisha McBride Ferguson If your last childbirth experience was a cesarean birth, you may already be thinking about your birth plan for your next child. Here’s how to determine if a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a good option. While having a vaginal birth after a C-section can be a safe option, it […]

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January 31, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 8 – Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects

Can I dye my hair? Can I get a flu shot? Should I keep taking this medication–should I stop taking this medication? Am I putting my baby at risk of developing a birth defect? Taking care of your baby starts with taking care of yourself–and asking questions is a great place to start. Not every […]

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January 20, 2017

Is Your “Reproductive Life Plan” In Order? Questions to Ask Yourself Before Conceiving

Jennifer Vickery, the North Carolina Preconception Health Educator at Mission Health, offers expert advice on preventing birth defects, as seen in WNC Parent. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and one of the key factors in preventing birth defects is to plan your future pregnancies by creating a reproductive life plan. According to the […]

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December 21, 2016

Holiday Advice for Moms-To-Be and New Moms

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, coordinator of MotherToBaby NC, answers questions for moms-to-be and new moms I’m pregnant. Is an occasional glass of wine okay? There is no “safe” level of alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol has a direct effect on your baby’s brain development throughout, and even after, pregnancy. Avoid risks by […]

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December 15, 2016

Have a Healthy Pregnancy – What Mothers-to-Be Should Know About Folic Acid

By Jason Schneider Preparing for the birth of a child can never start too early. That’s the message of the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign, an initiative aimed at reducing birth defects and improving birth outcomes statewide. Part of the Every Woman North Carolina program, the campaign educates women on the importance […]

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November 4, 2016

Tiny but Mighty – One Mom’s Special Story for National Prematurity Awareness Month

By Brooke Brown On a casual Wednesday afternoon, nine and a half weeks before we anticipated the longest wait we have ever encountered, we received the shock of our lives. As the evening wore on, the world stopped around us, and in the hands of strangers I relinquished all control, entrusting them with my life. […]

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