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Go to the resources for pregnant women and children page to find a list of resources for pregnant women, families and children which was compiled by the Columbus Ohio Public Health Department. If your city has a list of resources for pregnant women, please let us know in the comment section or submit it in the feedback section!

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Bumper Pads Are Not Safe

Every week three infants die in unsafe sleep environments in the state of Ohio, so it’s important to remember the ABC’s of safe sleep. Infants should sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. Infants should be sleeping in cribs without bumper pads. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2011, saying, “Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.” Retailers such as Target and Ikea have removed bumper pads from their stores but as of December Babies “R” Us and Pottery Barn Kids were still selling them. Speak out against the sale of bumper pads!

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Mark Your Calendars – A Safe Sleep Event

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015, 10 to 12. ZION PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF CHRIST, 14102 HARVARD AVENUE, CLEVELAND, OHIO. “The 4-1-1 on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” is a free Northeast Ohio seminar for all parents and caretakers of infants one year or less. Bring friends and family to learn vital SIDS awareness information and safety measures for baby. Guest speaker: Stacy Scott, Ph.D., SID Network of Ohio. A panel discussion follows with area experts from the MetroHealth System, Cornerstone of Hope and MomsFirst. Questions taken and answered. Space is limited. Registration is required. E-mail: OR text (216) 233-7962. Free gated parking. On direct busline. Light refreshments. A nursing station will be available.

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Kegel Exercises

Have you heard about Kegel Exercises? These are exercises which can strengthen the muscles in your vagina. Doing the exercises can help you with childbirth and speed your recovery after the baby is born. If those muscles are weak, believe me, you’ll know it when you’re middle aged and older! So do your Kegel exercises. You can do them anywhere, any time. How do you do them? You squeeze them, and to find out which muscles to squeeze, try and stop the flow of urine when you urinate. Squeeze those muscles, count to 3, relax for 3 seconds, and squeeze again. Do 20 or 30 of these a day and work up to more when your muscles get stronger. You’ll be happy you did!

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Contraception, Relationships and Much More

There are a couple of great web sites addressing birth control, relationships, family planning, STIs and dating abuse. These web sites are posted on our getting healthy before you get pregnant page. Be sure to check them out!

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Reproductive Health and the Workplace

In an earlier post we discussed staying healthy at work and referred readers to our staying healthy while you are pregnant page to get information from the March of Dimes about working and having a healthy pregnancy. The CDC has information about your workplace and the impact it has on reproductive health. It provides important information about workplace hazards which could affect your ability to become pregnant as well as have an impact on your pregnancy and developing child. Go to the getting healthy before you get pregnant page to read information about possible hazards in your workplace that could have an impact on pregnancy.

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Holiday Help for Pregnant Women in the Columbus Ohio area

If you are living in the Columbus Ohio area and are interested in and eligible to receive holiday help for your family, check out the Holiday Help entry on the resources for pregnant women and children page. If you are living in an area outside of Columbus, OH and are aware of holiday assistance programs, please mention it in the comment section below this post or submit it to the feedback section and we can share it with our readers. Happy Holidays everyone!

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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: 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:

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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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