Health Notes

Sunshine Vitamin Keeps Mom and Baby Healthy

by Amanda Lura, MSN, CNM on August 13, 2014

When you become pregnant, there’s a big focus on healthy living for you and your baby. Vitamins are a big part of staying healthy while expecting, and one in particular can do a lot of good.

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” and is important for your overall health. It helps build strong and healthy bones and makes sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain are working to the best of their ability. Studies also show it helps in fighting infection.

So what can vitamin D do for your pregnant body and your baby? The World Health Organization (WHO) discovered vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy has been tied to an increased risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm delivery, as well as small for gestational age (SGA) infants.

Pregnancy changes the body’s needs and requirements for many essential vitamins.  The baby is constantly borrowing from mom’s vitamin stores – whether this is calcium, iron or vitamin D. Vitamin D passaging through the placenta to the baby is the only way he or she can receive it, so baby is completely reliant on mom for this essential vitamin.

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Does Being Pregnant Have to Come Between Me and My Coffee?

by Erin Lavin, MSN, CNM on June 11, 2014

Iced coffee, iced tea, diet soda and chocolate.

Before I got pregnant with my son, I got my daily dose of caffeine in just about any form I could get it. Between midwifery school and working nights full time, I needed to find a way to chase away daytime drowsiness. When I found out I was pregnant, like many other busy ladies out there, I worried about giving up the one thing that could help keep me awake when I hit the dreaded wall in the middle of the afternoon. But I did it. I went cold turkey and not too much later, suffered the headaches and sleepiness that come along with caffeine withdrawal. When I had my first OB visit, I found out maybe I didn’t have to give up caffeine entirely.

It is thought high levels of caffeine intake during pregnancy  can be contributed to low birth weights or even miscarriage. But the truth is, it’s unclear exactly how much caffeine it takes to cause problems in a pregnancy. Therefore, it is recommended all pregnant women keep their caffeine consumption to LESS than 200 mg of caffeine per day.

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Empowering Women, Delivering Good Health

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Giving birth is the single most powerful thing a woman can do. It envelops mind, body and spirit. As a midwife, my focus is on seeing women through the entire process.  From the first prenatal visit to labor and delivery, midwives are a very present partner in the birth experience. We spend a lot of […]

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A Midwife “For the Long Haul”

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For women wanting to experience a safe, natural childbirth, midwives are an essential part of the delivery team. It’s a personal approach to care that begins early in a patient’s pregnancy. Midwives are partners throughout a woman’s pregnancy and during delivery, ensuring a personalized birth experience. They work with each patient to provide the kind […]

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Childbirth: A Natural Option

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What does it take to have a natural childbirth experience? Trust. Trusting your own body to have the strength and perseverance to do what it was built to do. Methodist midwives provide family-oriented, safe, personalized, and thorough health care to assure a healthy, positive birthing experience. There are many choices in childbirth and it is […]

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Healthy Baby Comes with a Healthy Dose of Vitamins

November 13, 2013

Most women do a pretty good job of educating themselves about the importance of a healthy lifestyle when they are thinking about getting pregnant. It’s pretty well known that a healthy mom equals a healthy baby. Good nutrition plays an important role in the health of your baby. New discoveries about the importance of getting […]

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Labor: True or False?

August 14, 2013

By the end of pregnancy almost all women can’t wait for labor to begin. Fear is tossed aside and the thought of enduring long hours of pain is welcomed with anticipation. Trust me, you’ll get there. Until you experience labor for yourself it is hard to distinguish between false labor contractions, also known as Braxton- […]

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Natural Childbirth is a Mind, Body and Spirit Experience

May 23, 2013

Childbirth is perhaps the most mentally and physically challenging event a woman will ever experience in her lifetime. For some women, it’s important to meet that challenge head on and give birth without medication or anesthesia. To be successful with natural birth you need to prepare, prepare, prepare. Like an athlete getting ready for an […]

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Like a Beautiful Sunset, Birth is a Gift

April 10, 2013

I admit it. I was a doubter.  I’m not the only one though. I often get asked why a woman would want a natural birth. We’ve heard other women talk about it. Why a natural labor is better. You feel empowered. Your body was built to do this. There is lower risk for intervention. Recovery […]

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How Do You Envision Your Labor?

March 14, 2013

As a midwife at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center I  often find that many women don’t realize that they have many options and choices when it comes to the birth process. No two births are alike and it is difficult to plan the course of events but you can make some decisions and identify some […]

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