Pregnancy

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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February 23, 2017

Embrace the Benefits of Breastfeeding for a Healthy Baby and Mother

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 baby. “It has […]

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February 10, 2017

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

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 is not for all […]

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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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