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August: National Breastfeeding Month

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 11, 2015

August is National Breastfeeding Month. This campaign is sponsored by the United States Breastfeeding Committee hopes to educate and empower women to breastfeed their babies. This health observance started in 2011 with this proclamation that details the goals and objectives of educating Americans about the importance of breastfeeding. 

This year, the United States Breastfeeding Committee is hosting a social media advocacy campaign to raise awareness and promote advocacy action alerts to support breastfeeding. In particular, the committee is focusing on changing the way people view breastfeeding at work, in the community, and among black culture. Below you'll find more details and links describing the focus of each week of the campaign.

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Topics: Maternity Care

How to Relieve Constipation During Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 4, 2015

As if being pregnant isn't uncomfortable enough, some women also suffer with constipation while they are pregnant. As many as 11%-38% of women experience constipation during pregnancy. Hormones are causing the muscles near your bowels to relax, which can lead to constipation. Hormones are not to blame for all the problems with your digestive tract. Your growing uterus is taking up more space, which doesn't leave a lot of room for you bowels to work as they should.

Another cause of constipation is the iron containing prenatal vitamins you have been taking. It's not a good idea to stop growing or to stop taking the vitamins, so here are some tips to help you relieve or prevent constipation during pregnancy. 

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Topics: Maternity Care

Pregnancy Half Way Point: What to Expect at Your 20 Week Appointment

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 30, 2015

Congratulations, you are halfway through your pregnancy! It's all downhill from here. Most women have more energy during this time in their pregnancy, while others may still be dealing with morning sickness. Take the time to prepare for baby while you still have the energy to do it! Read on to find out more about this week in your pregnancy.

During Your Appointment

Be sure to plan some extra time for this midpoint appointment because you'll likely do an ultrasound in addition to your regular checkup. 

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Topics: Maternity Care

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Having Sex During Pregnancy (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 2, 2015

You have to have sex to get pregnant, but what about after you are already pregnant? Is it OK? Will it hurt the baby? Is there a time when it's not OK? Are there certain things I should know before proceeding?

Sometimes we are afraid or embarrassed to talk to our doctor about certain topics.

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Topics: Maternity Care

Where to Find Classy Maternity Swimwear

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 28, 2015

With Memorial Day just around the corner, the pools will soon be open for business! If you're pregnant and looking for the perfect swimsuit, you may have a few questions about what to wear.

Dressing for your pregnant body is hard enough, but dressing in swimwear can seem like a daunting task. Knowing what to look for and considering your changing body will ensure that you have a flattering suit no matter which stage of your pregnancy you are in. You might have to try on a few styles to find what is right for you. Maternity swimwear can be expensive, but it might be worth the investment. 

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Topics: Maternity Care

The Benefits and Safety of Pregnancy Yoga

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 5, 2015

If you are pregnant and looking for ways to stay fit, you might be interested in prenatal yoga. Not only is prenatal yoga a great exercise to take up, but it is also a fantastic way to prepare your body for childbirth.

Before you start prenatal yoga or any exercise regimen be sure to discuss it with your doctor to make sure it's right for you. Find out the benefits of yoga below.

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Topics: Maternity Care, Johnson County Moms

A Review of the Top Smart Phone Apps for Expectant Mothers

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 28, 2015

Pregnant? There's an app for that. Not sure what to expect when you're expecting? Your smartphone can help. Pregnancy-related apps are a booming market. According to research done by ByteMobile nearly  half of mobile users that have health-related apps are using pregnancy-related apps. There are a variety of apps available--apps that help you monitor your growing belly, what you should or shouldn't eat while pregnant or even morphing a photo of you and your significant other together to see what your baby will look like. Some apps are obviously more fun in nature than others!

The apps are meant to be a supplement to the medical care you are already receiving. If you have questions or concerns about your health, please speak to your doctor

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Topics: Maternity Care, Johnson County Moms

10 Best Pregnancy Exercises and Activities

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 9, 2015

Exercise is important. It's especially important when you are expecting. Exercise can boost moods, improve sleep, prevent extra weight gain and reduce aches and pains that can come along with pregnancy.

Exercise helps you stay in shape and prepares your body for labor. It may also help protect you against gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and postpartum depression. Exercise is so important, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

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Topics: Maternity Care, Wellness

Giving Your Baby the Best Start: BabyTALK Early Literacy Program

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 19, 2015

Today we have a special guest on the blog! Wendy Preilis tells us a little about the Baby TALK program at Johnson Memorial Health, in partnership with Johnson County Public Library.


We encourage all of our new parents to register for the Baby TALK program to help give your baby the best start and to encourage early literacy in Johnson County. 

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Topics: Maternity Care, Johnson County Moms

Understanding and Dealing with Postpartum Depression

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 17, 2015

The birth of a baby is a very exciting time. You may be overcome with joy. You may be nervous about the road ahead. You may also feel something you didn’t expect -- Depression.

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that some women get after giving birth. This isn’t just the baby blues, or anxiety about the future which usually subsides within a couple of weeks after giving birth. Postpartum depression is more serious and should not be brushed off.

What is the difference between baby blues and depression?

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Topics: Emergency, Birth, Maternity Care, Moms, Johnson County Moms