Pregnancy

April 17, 2018

Alcohol Answers – Sobering Information about Drinking and a Healthy Lifestyle

Fatal if untreated, alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease to which many Americans are genetically predisposed. Each April for the past 30 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has campaigned to illuminate alcoholism, its causes, effects and treatments during National Alcohol Awareness Month. Here’s what you need to know: How much […]

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February 5, 2018

To Epidural or Not To Epidural – Anesthesia and Your Pregnancy

By Mary Leonidas, CRNA The test is positive – you are pregnant! Now, a flood of feelings overwhelm you. Excitement! Joy! Boy or girl? How to tell family? Name? Pink or green nursery? Then, perhaps, after the thrill of the happy news, comes the fear of the unknown. Will my baby be safe? Should I […]

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January 23, 2018

Preventing Infections while Pregnant Helps to Prevent Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, providing an opportunity to spread awareness about certain infectious diseases that can lead to birth defects during pregnancy. Learn more about these five preventable infectious diseases: Zika Virus – The CDC recommends that after traveling to a country with Zika, women wait at least two months and men […]

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January 15, 2018

Getting Married and Considering Children? It’s the Perfect Time to Discuss Folic Acid

By Jennifer Vickery Preconception Health Education Coordinator Congratulations! You are getting married! You and your partner are starting a new and exciting adventure together, and for some of you this new adventure may include having children some point along the way. Whether you or your partner are planning to become pregnant in the coming months […]

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December 11, 2017

Pregnant during the Holidays? Tips to Embrace Celebrating without Alcohol

Amy Hendricks, the program coordinator for the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, offers expert advice on navigating holiday parties while pregnant, as seen in WNC Parent. It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We’re decorating, baking cookies, going to holiday parties, shopping in a frenzy for that perfect gift, gathering with family. Maybe squeezing […]

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October 2, 2017

Defining “Midwife” and What It Means to Me to Be a Midwife

By Anne Karner, Certified Nurse Midwife The word “midwife” is a bit foreign to some people, so I think it’s important to explore exactly what it means. The etymology of “midwife” shows a translation to “with women,” originating from Middle English. This definition rings true to this day, as midwives focus on the promotion of […]

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September 22, 2017

Pregnancy and Protein Shakes – A Safe Combination?

Lorri Harris-Sagaribay of MotherToBaby North Carolina, offers expert advice on just how healthy those energy and protein shakes are for pregnant women, as seen in WNC Parent. “Just found out I’m pregnant. Can I still drink my energy shake in the mornings?” “My obstetrician gave me the go-ahead to work out. OK to have a protein […]

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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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