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Stay Cool During Your Summer Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 1, 2021

Summer means fun in the sun, frolicking in a pool and eating hot dogs and potato salad at family picnics – unless you are pregnant.

When expecting, you need to take precautions with your health - no matter the time of year. During the summer months, though, you need to be extra careful. Heat and humidity can cause additional stress on you and your baby.

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Topics: Birth, Maternity Care

The Three Trimesters of Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 30, 2018

Whether you are expecting for the first time or you have already been down that road before, you might want a roadmap for the journey. It’s one of the most joyous times in your life, and pregnancy can also be one of the most confusing times in your life. Everyone you know will suddenly be talking about their own pregnancy stories, or their friend’s aunt who is two weeks overdue. Along with all the advice and stories, you'll probably hear some technical jargon. It’s enough to make your head spin.

It’s good to know as much as you can about your baby’s development. You will also want to have a good grasp on what is happening to your own body.

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Topics: Birth, Maternity Care, Johnson County Moms

How to Deal With High Risk Pregnancies

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 14, 2017

Before picking out names or decorating a nursery, you need to consider the health of you and your baby before you become pregnant.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, up to 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States can be considered high risk.

A preconception evaluation can help your doctor determine if you could have a High Risk Pregnancy – a condition with the potential to cause health issues or even death for the mother and/or child.

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Topics: Birth, Maternity Care

What to Expect in Your Third Trimester of Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 13, 2015

We have already covered first trimester and second trimester of pregnancy, and now the end is in sight. To some this is a welcome time, and to others who love being pregnant, it can be a little bittersweet. There is still a lot of development happening as you approach your due date. You'll want to be extra careful to listen to your body and take it easy during this time. Read on to find out what is happening.

What is Happening to My Body?

The third trimester, weeks 28-40, can be challenging. 

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Topics: Maternity Care, Moms

What to Expect in Your Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 29, 2015

The second trimester (weeks 13-27 or 4-6 months) is the part of your pregnancy you've likely been looking forward to, especially if you had a lot of negative symptoms during the first trimester. As you enter the second trimester, many of these symptoms will fade and you will begin feeling like yourself again. For many, the second trimester is the easiest part of your pregnancy.

Use this extra energy to prepare for your baby's arrival! If you are working, take the time to determine your maternity leave plan with your employer. Start looking into childcare options, too. 

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Topics: Maternity Care, Moms

Five of the Most Highly-rated Guide Books for New Parents

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 15, 2015

Often new parents have no idea what to expect in terms of welcoming their little one into the world. The good news is that there are plenty of books to help you out. There are guidebooks for new moms, guidebooks for new dads, journals, humorous antidotes, and much more.

Some books offer all of these, and others are more focused on a central idea. Many of these books even come in ereader, audiobook or video formats so you can pick the style that works best for you. This post is specifically about a few of the bestselling guide books to help you know what is happening to your body and throughout the first year of your child's life. 

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Topics: Maternity Care, Moms, Johnson County Moms

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Maternity Bra

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 10, 2015

When you are pregnant your body is changing every week. To be as comfortable as possible, you'll need to buy new bras to fit your growing body. Here are a few tips to finding the perfect maternity bra.

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Topics: Maternity Care

What to Expect in Your First Trimester of Pregnancy

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 8, 2015

The first trimester of pregnancy can be overwhelming, especially if you have never been pregnant before. Knowing what to expect during your pregnancy will help you deal with the physical and emotional roller coaster you will ride in the next few months. Your healthcare provider will be a great resource throughout your pregnancy.

Pregnancies are divided up into three trimesters which are each about the same length of time.  The trimesters are just  simple way of dividing the pregnancy into stages.

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Topics: Maternity Care, Moms

Why Women Need Comprehensive Services Before and After Childbirth

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 27, 2015

At Johnson Memorial, we believe in compassionate, comprehensive care for all of our patients. We care for the whole patient, not just the medical need for which we are seeing them. In providing this comprehensive care, we have a state of the art Maternity Care Center. We also make sure our expectant and new mothers have the resources they need to have the best experience possible. Johnson Memorial's Women's Health Specialists value personal relationships with patients and want you to feel cared for at all times. 

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Topics: Maternity Care

What Are the Standards of Maternity Leave in the Workplace

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 20, 2015

Many women choose to take a few weeks off of work after giving birth to recover and get to know their new little one. Once you find out that you are expecting or maybe even planning to adopt, it's a good idea to find out your companies policy about maternity leave. There are certain laws regarding this type of leave, but the laws may surprise you.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is the set of laws that protect you during your maternity or family leave. These laws provide regulations for your employer to make sure that you are being treated fairly. Not everyone is eligible for maternity leave, so be sure to discuss your plans with your employer.

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Topics: Maternity Care