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Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, strong baby. 

Every Week Matters

Did you know that early delivery is the number one cause of newborn death in Ohio? Babies should be delivered as close to 40 weeks gestation as possible. Babies born earlier than 37 weeks are at risk of having serious health problems and could have life long health and learning issues. Some factors that may make a woman prone to premature delivery include: having a previous preterm delivery, having a previous miscarriage, having a short cervix, being African American, smoking or having a poor diet. Doctors have found in some cases progesterone  helps women carry infants to full term. If you think you are at risk of having a preterm delivery, you should discuss the possibility of progesterone treatment with your prenatal care provider. A very informative web site by the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC) addresses issues related to preterm birth. You can reach this site by going to the link: https://opqc.net/patients/preterm-birth-and-prevention. The OPQC has produced a video  showing stories of moms and families and their experiences with progesterone. Go the staying healthy while you are pregnant page to watch this video.

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Pregnancy and Fish

Eating fish is known to be beneficial to your health because it is packed with protein and nutrients and low in saturated fat. But is it safe to eat during pregnancy? Mercury content in fish is a concern for pregnant women so the Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Reports recommend that pregnant women eat fish which is relatively low in mercury. The FDA and Consumer Reports state that shrimp, salmon and tilapia are good choices. Flounder, catfish and Pollock are also low in mercury. Fish to stay away from are all raw fish, swordfish, king mackerel and shark.  To get more information about what pregnant women should know when consuming fish, to the web site link: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm.

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Shaken Baby Syndrome

Did you know that a baby’s neck muscles and ligaments are weak and not fully developed? Infants heads are large and heavy in proportion to their bodies. These factors make babies susceptible to severe head injury if they are shaken.  Shaken baby syndrome doesn’t result from gentle bouncing, swinging or tossing the baby into the air. It also doesn’t occur from being dropped or falling off a chair, although this could cause other types of head injuries. Shaken baby syndrome can occur from as little as five seconds of the shaking which is kind of like a whiplash injury. In many cases parents shake the baby to quiet him or her and many times the caregiver doesn’t intend to harm the baby. Nevertheless it is a form of child abuse and can cause severe injury or death. The symptoms can be mild to severe including: extreme irritability or changes in behavior, lethargy, sleepiness, poor feeding, decreased alertness, loss of consciousness, pale or bluish skin, vomiting convulsions and not breathing. If you suspect shaken baby syndrome, call 911. Do not pick up or shake the child to attempt to wake him or her. Do not attempt to give anything by mouth. Go to keeping your baby safe and healthy page to watch a video entitled “Keep Your Cool – Never Ever Shake Your Baby”.

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