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Pregnancy: Five Steps To Take Before You Conceive

07/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

When you make the decision to have a child, it’s a good idea to take steps to increase the likelihood that you will get pregnant. There are many ways to improve your conception chances. Here are 5 steps you can take before you start trying to conceive. Communicate with your partner. During this period of time, communication and coordination with your partner are essential. Staying on the same page and supporting each other is key to successful conception. Get an ovulation kit or an App. It’s…

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Indiana First Lady Karen Pence and Dr. Jeff Sperring, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, announce the Labor of L

“Labor of Love” campaign to reduce infant deaths in Indiana

01/14/2015 | MaternityWomen's HealthAnnouncements

Each year in Indiana, approximately 654 babies die before reaching their first birthdays. This puts Indiana 39th in the nation for infant mortality, a tragic issue that is largely preventable. The state plans to reverse these statistics with a new public health campaign called “Labor of Love,” officially launched at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Led by the Indiana State Department of Health, Labor of Love aims to educate and support Hoosier mothers so they may have healthy…

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12/18/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossExerciseMaternity

This holiday season one should be aware of the risk of hernias; they can be caused by lifting heavy items, like presents and present bags. Globally, 20 million hernia repairs are preformed in hospitals each year. What is a hernia? The most common hernia, inguinal hernia, occurs when soft tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The bulge can be painful especially when lifting or coughing. Nearly 75 percent of hernias are inguinal hernias. They are not life-threatening by themselves,…

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Benefits of going to a Chiropractor

12/11/2014 | WellnessPain ManagementMaternity

Chiropractors care for more than just back pain, but many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time What does a chiropractor do? Chiropractic adjustment is where trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal is to correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Most chiropractors…

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Have You Heard about Baby-Friendly Hospitals? Why? Because Breastfeeding Matters!

05/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMaternityWomen's Health

Decades of research has shown breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers. Growing evidence has shown exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the likelihood of many health risks including ear and respiratory infections, obesity, diarrhea and diabetes. For mothers, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months. In the U.S., nearly all infants…

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Preparing to Have a Baby

06/19/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansMaternity

Making the decision to have a baby is one of life’s biggest milestones. As anticipation grows, there are steps prospective parents can take to improve the chance of a healthy pregnancy. Couples should schedule a pre-conception appointment with a trusted doctor at least three months before attempting to become pregnant. Issues covered during this appointment may include: The couple’s medical history – Any health conditions, chronic conditions, medications and supplements, and family…

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Bringing Home Baby

12/07/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

Welcome to the World Little One! You’ve finally reached the magic milestone--baby’s due date. But just because your due date arrives does not necessarily mean your baby will. Don’t worry, most babies do not arrive right on schedule--your new addition will make an appearance when he or she is ready. When the long awaited day finally does arrive, relax and enjoy this momentous occasion. And don’t forget to take plenty of photographs! From that first breath, to first smiles,…

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Your Third Trimester:  The Homestretch

11/04/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity


Just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of pregnancy, it’s practically over and it’s time to start planning for life with your new baby. The third trimester is the homestretch of your pregnancy experience and you may be feeling both nervous and a little anxious to move things along. Now is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your preparations to welcome your newborn baby to the world. The Waiting Game Nine months may seem like forever, especially toward the end when…

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What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

10/02/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

The second trimester is known as the ‘Feel Good Trimester’ and marks the time between your 13th and 27th weeks of pregnancy. By now your morning sickness may be gone and your increased belly size makes it easier for others to tell you are pregnant. The pregnancy will also feel more real, now that your body is changing and you can feel your baby start to move. What’s Happening With Mom Although many women feel their best during this trimester, you may experience some aches and pains,…

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What to Expect During Your First Trimester

09/05/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

Congratulations—it’s official, you’re going to have a baby! Whether you planned your pregnancy or it was the surprise of your life, one thing is certain: your first trimester is full of excitement! And even though you don’t necessarily look pregnant yet, you may certainly feel the many changes taking place as you begin this amazing journey. A few things you might be experiencing during your first trimester of pregnancy: Exhaustion Your body is working hard right now. Adapting…

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