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Pregnancy & Childbirth Newsletter Friday, August 22, 2014


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Pinnacle Health

Pregnancy & Childbirth Newsletter Friday, August 22, 2014

Healthy Babies Make Mommies Happy!


Pregnancy: What's Normal... What's Not

No one said there’d be days like this, when your whole body seems out of control. Is this a normal part of pregnancy? Or should you call the doctor? Click here to find out the differences.

Post Partum Support Groups

Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but postpartum emotional changes can be difficult for some new mothers. We offer a range of support services designed to help you meet the challenges of parenthood and unpredictable postpartum emotions. 

Sex During Pregnancy

In most cases, sex during pregnancy is safe. In fact, with your health care provider's approval, sexual relations can continue until delivery. However, fluctuating hormone levels and certain pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and tiredness can temporarily reduce a pregnant woman's libido (sex drive). In addition, visible changes in the woman's body may affect sexual desire. To read more about this, click here.

Health Tip: Minimize Breast Feeding Pain

Here are some suggestions from The Nemours Foundation to help make breast-feeding more comfortable:

  • Ensure baby is properly latched to the breast.
  • Apply a special over-the-counter lotion between feedings to prevent dryness.
  • When you've finished feeding, take a little bit of breast milk and massage the nipples, allowing them to air dry.
  • Nurse more frequently, but for shorter feedings. Nurse on the breast that is less sore.
  • Use your finger to gently break baby's suction at the end of a feeding.
  • Use different feeding positions.
  • Gently massage the breast or apply gentle heat before a feeding.
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack after a feeding.
  • Feed with stored milk for a few days, allowing cracked nipples to heal.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, and get as much rest as possible.

Click here for more information on breastfeeding support offered by PinnacleHealth

Upcoming Events

April 23   New Mom Network
 
April 25   Working Moms Network
 
May 3   Breastfeeding Basics

March for Babies

Join the PinnacleHealth System team and walk for babies on Sunday, April 29 at City Island. Registration for the five-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and walking starts at 10 a.m. The first 100 registrants will receive a PHS March for Babies t-shirt.
 
PinnacleHealth is a proud presenting sponsor for this event. With the only Level III, high-volume NICU in the region and the 6th highest volumes of deliveries in the state, our staff is well aware of the wonder and importance of our tiniest patients. No matter where you work in the system, one thing is certain: we all share the same goal — stronger, healthier babies.
 
When you walk in the March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.
 
We need you. Every walker makes a difference in the lives and futures of babies. The money you raise in the March for Babies funds important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.