Category: Pregnancy

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Gift box with Happy Mother's Day tag and pink flowersLooking for something special to celebrate everything your mom has done for you? These great gift ideas are both useful and thoughtful!

 1. Buy a Spa Gift Card

 What better way to show mom you appreciate her than by giving her a relaxing day at the spa? Add a little extra to the gift by attending the spa day with her, making it the perfect gift for a mom and daughter.

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The Facts about Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant woman eating sweetsAmerican Diabetes Month takes place every November. Gestational diabetes affects more than 18 percent of pregnant women throughout the country. Though in most cases the condition is only temporary, it’s important to stay informed about the risk factors and life changes that need to happen if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

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Tips on Traveling While Pregnant

Pregnant woman with a suitcase and a bag is going to vacationTraveling can be a little stressful, and the stress is only intensified if you’re traveling while pregnant. Whether you’re traveling for a summer vacation or work, it’s important to keep your comfort and health in mind. Here are a few tips for traveling during pregnancy:

1. Focus on Time

Traveling, especially by plane, is all about timing. If possible, schedule trips between weeks 20 and 30 and avoid traveling after 38 weeks of pregnancy. Before purchasing a ticket, it’s also important to check the airline’s pregnancy flyer policy. While some don’t have specific rules for pregnant flyers, others have restrictions and rules.

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Best Pregnancy Smart Phone Apps of 2014

1. 50,000 Baby NamesCheerful pregnant woman using her smartphone sitting on a couch in the living room at home

If you can’t decide on a baby name for your little one, the 50,000 Baby Names app allows you to search by meaning, gender and popularity.

2. Happy Pregnancy

The Happy Pregnancy app, which is free for both iPhone and Android, tracks the details of your pregnancy, including weight gain and fetal development. Trying to conceive? The app also gives users the ability to track ovulation.

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Five Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Tips on breastfeeding

Considering breastfeeding for your newborn? Here are a few helpful tips that may make your decision on whether to breastfeed or use formula easier:

1. Attend a breastfeeding class

Taking a course on breastfeeding is important in order to know what to expect. In a class, you can learn about nursing positions for you and the baby. You can also find out how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk.

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The Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthy Pregnancy

Nutrition Information for Pregnancy

Birth defects sometimes happen, but there are things prospective parents can do to give themselves the best chance to have a healthy baby. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and it’s an opportune time to help people get the facts about healthy pregnancies and birth defects prevention.

Not all birth defects can be prevented. But there are things you can do—like getting exercise and making nutritious food choices—that can increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy. Most people know to avoid tobacco and alcohol. But did you know that kitty litter may cause a problem during pregnancy? Check out this list of things to avoid and what’s okay if you’re pregnant.

Pregnancy and Vaccinations

Vaccination is one of the many ways to help keep both mother and baby safe from disease. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that all women, including those pregnant and breastfeeding, receive both the influenza and Tdap vaccine at every pregnancy, which will protect both mother and newborn. If you have not received these important vaccines, please call our office today.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation on the internet. To better inform you with scientifically sound answers to questions about the safety of vaccines and the importance of vaccinations please visit the following websites, from national non-profit organizations:

www.vaccinateyourbaby.org

www.immunizationforwomen.org

Center for Disease Control (Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women)

This is somewhat long, but here are some frequently asked questions about each vaccine:

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