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Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, strong baby. 

Working During Pregnancy

Many women work during their pregnancy, some right up to their due date.  There’s no problem with that as long as your place of employment is a safe and healthy place for pregnant women to work! Go to the staying healthy while you are pregnant page to read suggestions by the March of Dimes for staying healthy and safe while you are at work.

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Morning sickness – is it dangerous?

More than 50% of women experience “morning sickness” during their pregnancy. It’s referred to as morning sickness but it can happen at any time of day or night. Morning sickness is nausea and sometimes vomiting, usually most prevalent during the first trimester.  It’s not exactly clear why some women experience morning sickness and others don’t, but hormones are thought to have a role. Usually you don’t need treatment if you have morning sickness, but sometimes home remedies can help. Remedies such as small frequent meals, soda crackers, and candies or soda with ginger help some women.

If morning sickness is severe, it is called hyperemesis gravidarum. This is morning sickness which causes dehydration and danger to the mother and infant. You should contact your prenatal care provider if you have severe nausea and vomiting, you only pass a small amount of dark colored urine, you can’t keep down liquids, you feel dizzy or faint when you stand, your heart races or you vomit blood.

If you have severe morning sickness, your doctor may administer IV fluids and prescribe anti-nausea medication.

So if you’re experiencing morning sickness, try these remedies for relief:

  • Choose low fat, easily digested foods. Avoid greasy, spicy and fatty foods. Some people find ginger to be helpful.
  • Eat small frequent meals. You might try soda crackers or dry toast before getting out of bed.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Popsicles, ice chips or hard candy might help relieve symptoms.
  • Get fresh air. Take a daily walk if you can.
  • Find the best time of day for you to take your prenatal vitamins
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Breastfeeding: an investment in your baby’s future.

According to women’shealth.gov, when you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy start that will last a lifetime.

Breastfeeding also:

  • Protects your baby
  • Benefits your health
  • May make your life easier
  • Benefits society

Go to the how to breastfeed page to connect to information from  the women’shealth.gov web site.

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Real Stories from Real Moms

The Education/Outreach Committee of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality has produced a short video of mothers sharing experiences about caring for their young infants. These moms tell personal stories about safe sleep, breastfeeding, community and social support which are all important factors in raising a healthy baby. Click on the following link to view the video of real moms sharing real stories.

http://powerhost.powerstream.net/008/00153/StrongBabiesOhio_webvideo.wmv

You can also find the video on the keeping your baby safe and healthy page.

 

 

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