Pregnancy

August 13, 2018

Zika: Pregnant and Planning a Trip? What to Know Before You Go

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina This time last year, talk of Zika was all over the news and social media. Based on the lack of coverage in the media today, you would think Zika is no longer a concern. But the risk of Zika infection for travelers, and its potentially devastating consequences for expectant […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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July 12, 2018

Nailing Down the Facts – Is it Safe to Get a Manicure or Pedicure during Pregnancy?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. […]

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July 10, 2018

Precious Little Time – Cuddle Cots Give Families the Chance to Bond

By Cheri Hinshelwood  Most parents fall in love long before their baby draws its first breath. Lives are inexplicably intertwined whether they have a lifetime or mere minutes together. “It’s one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve done,” said 36-year veteran nurse Martha Hill, RNC-OB, nursing unit supervisor for the Maternal Fetal Medicine […]

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June 26, 2018

Not Just for Relaxation – 5 Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Regular prenatal massages can work wonders for your pregnancy issues, right up through delivery. Toni Fisher, LMBT, lead massage therapist with MyHealthyLife® Wellness Services at Mission Health, talks about the many pluses of prenatal massage that expecting moms can expect. 1 – Improves sleep Prenatal massage supports the release of serotonin in the body, which […]

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June 1, 2018

Got Milk? Providing the Right Mix of Nutrients for Premature Babies

Moms do so many amazingly wonderful things for their kids. Breastfeeding is probably the most important thing they can do for their babies. Making sure infants have the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong is the goal of Mission Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Infant/Nutrition (PIN) Room. “It is extremely important to have an area […]

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May 23, 2018

Ask the Doc – Contraceptive Choices and Preconception Care

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about planning for pregnancy and contraceptive choices. Q: What is preconception care? A: Any time a woman is planning a pregnancy, she should make an appointment with her primary care provider or OB/GYN for a preconception visit. The goal of this visit is to make sure […]

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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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