Women’s Health

September 10, 2018

Choosing the Right Sports Bra for Your Next Workout

By Kelly Montague, AT Shopping for a sports bra sounds simple – pick one you like, right? However, many women are unable to find one that is comfortable enough to work out in. Some may avoid exercise altogether due to being self-conscious about how they look and feel, or even because they have pain due […]

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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 21, 2018

A Small Bump in the Road: Early Detection was Key in Debbie Ellis’ Fight Against Breast Cancer

By Ronnie Musselwhite They’re four words no woman ever wants to hear: You have breast cancer. Unfortunately, doctors utter that phrase more than 330,000 times each year in the United States alone. Debbie Ellis was on the receiving end of that all too-common refrain in June 2012. While reviewing results from her annual mammogram, a […]

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July 19, 2018

The More You Know – Sexual Health: Preventing and Treating STDs

By Gabriel Cade, MD Sex is a personal matter. Where it overlaps with medicine is sexual health and the many “side effects” of sex, like pregnancy, and its many joys and tribulations, like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which is the not-so-joyful part. Basically, if you choose to have sex and you don’t want bugs or […]

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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 8, 2018

How Kelly’s Legs Went from Varicose Veins to Very Pretty

Kelly Kranker, 39, felt like her legs belonged to a much older person. Her varicose veins initially appeared with her first pregnancy. After she delivered, the swelling improved. However, Kranker, still had some swelling, pain and prominent varicose veins. She was exploring treatment options at The Vein Specialists of Carolina Vascular, an affiliate of Mission […]

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June 1, 2018

Women’s Cancer Q&A – Physical Therapy Benefits

Rebeca Bermudez, physical therapist with HOPE Women’s Cancer Center, answers questions about physical therapy. Q: What issues do physical therapy address? A: There are three primary areas I focus on when assisting women who are being treated for cancer: Pain, fatigue and weakness. Patients who have undergone treatment often have weakness in their arms and […]

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