Exercise during the pregnancy

Exercise during the pregnancy

From Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance Center, Dr. Amy MacQueen examines the importance of developing a safe and structured exercise regimen during the pregnancy.

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When Cesarean Section May Be the Safest Option

by Kathleen Gardner, MD

When it comes to having a baby, everyone’s goal is a healthy child who enters the world in a manner that is safe for both the mother and the baby. The majority of deliveries happen naturally and without complications. There are, however, special circumstances in which the delivery of a baby by cesarean section is the best option. This article is a brief discussion of some of the more common instances in which a caesarian section may be the safer choice.

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Seeing Your Doctor Before Pregnancy: The importance of prenatal health care

By Steven Gelber, MD

The decision to have a child, whether it’s your first baby or your last, is one of the most significant decisions you will make. That’s why planning ahead for pregnancy is a good idea, and one of the people who can help you plan is your obstetrician.

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Local care for low-birth-weight Infants

By Srisatish Devapatla, MD, FAAP

On May 24, 2007, the Ithaca Journal ran an Associated Press article entitled, “Study: Closing small neonatal ICUs could save more preemies.” The article attempted to briefly summarize a large study of infant and fetal deaths in California hospitals that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The article was confusing for local readers, however, because it did not include information specific to local neonatal services at Cayuga Medical Center, and, as a result, it raised more questions than it answered.

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Jaundice in Newborns Should not be Ignored

by Srisatish Devapatla, MD, FAAP

Jaundice is a very common condition in newborn babies. More than 50 percent of babies develop jaundice and it often resolves on its own. However, when jaundice does not resolve quickly it is critical for parents to take steps to treat it because a sustained level of jaundice can be quite detrimental to the baby.

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Exercise During Pregnancy

By Amy MacQueen, MD

In 1985 the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) published recommendations about exercising during pregnancy. They warned women about the potentially adverse effects of exercise during pregnancy, and advised them not to exceed a heart rate of 140 beats per minute. In the last 25 years, however, the recommendations for exercise during pregnancy have changed significantly.

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Cleft Palate and Facial Deformities Team Provide Family Support

By Jeffrey Lewis, MD, DMD

Cleft lip and palate are common birth defects, occurring in about 1 in 800 births in the U.S. Each year, on average, three to five babies with cleft lip, cleft palate, or both are delivered at Cayuga Medical Center. An estimated five or six more babies are born elsewhere in the region and another handful of young children with cleft abnormalities move to Tompkins County with their families.

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Breastfeeding: Myths and Facts

by Sue Brower, RN

Mothers who choose to breastfeed are giving their babies the best possible start in life. Breast milk not only provides perfect nutrition, but the antibodies in a mother’s breast milk build her baby’s immunity against illness. Even mothers who plan to breastfeed for only a short while give their infants a tremendous advantage.

In spite of the increasing body of research about the important benefits of breast-feeding, a number of myths persist that worry some expectant mothers.

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A Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns

By Sue Brower, RN

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promotes a national program called “Healthy People 2010.”  Among the program’s many goals is that by 2010, 75 percent of the nation’s new mothers will be breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding is important for many reasons relating to newborn health and immunity, mother-baby bonding, and long-term health.

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Food for thought & pregnancy

Registered Dietitian at the Cayuga Center For Healthy Living, Cindy Milner, offers some sage food news for mothers and mothers-to-be.

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