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When you find out you’re having a baby, many thoughts likely run through your head. Will it be a boy or a girl? What will you name him or her? Long before you find answers to those questions, though, you should start thinking about your dietary habits. Nutrition is a fundamental part of having a healthy pregnancy and baby, which is why many maternity hospital experts recommend healthy eating practices even before you conceive. To maintain a sound diet while pregnant, consider the following nutrition suggestions. If you have more questions about what foods can help or hurt your baby, consult with a Sunrise Children’s Hospital representative.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
Eating a diverse selection of fresh and unprocessed foods will provide both you and your baby with the best possible nourishment. Experts advise expectant mothers to incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables into their diets. Other key components of good nutrition are lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains. Remember that what you put into your body directly affects the health and development of your baby.
Monitor Vitamin and Mineral Intake
It’s important for pregnant women to vary their meals so that they can receive a sufficient amount of various vitamins and minerals. Some elements in particular are essential for fetal health; folic acid, which is found in green vegetables and grains, is extremely important for a baby’s central nervous system development. Calcium is another vital mineral, as it helps to strengthen a baby’s growing bones.
Avoid Certain Foods
Just as pregnant women should increase their intake of particular foods, other edibles should be shunned while expecting. Most maternity hospital representatives recommend that expectant mothers refrain from eating smoked seafood, soft cheeses, and poorly cooked meats. Unpasteurized beverages and caffeinated drinks should be avoided as well.
Let Sunrise Children’s Hospital guide and support you through your pregnancy. Our maternity hospital offers a wide range of obstetric and neonatal care options for mothers in the greater Las Vegas region. For more information on our services, call (702) 233-5437 or visit our website. We also provide patients with our Consult-A-Nurse referral system, which can help expand your knowledge about pregnancy.
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The behaviors formed in youth often carry over into adulthood, which is why childhood obesity is so alarming to many healthcare professionals. This video reports on the growing trend of childhood obesity and the effort to stop it.
Studies show that approximately one-third of all American children suffer from excessive weight or obesity, which can lead to more severe issues like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In large part, this problem stems from too many unhealthy food options and too few hours of physical activity. That’s why First Lady Michelle Obama has begun the “Let’s Move!” initiative to push families to get healthy. By encouraging your children to exercise for at least 60 minutes every day, you can do your part to help them to stay healthy and avoid weight issues.
Are you worried about your child’s weight? Then call Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437. Our pediatric services provide helpful information for Las Vegas area families looking for ways to raise healthy and active kids.
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Each year, millions of American families are touched by type 2 diabetes. That’s why the American Diabetes Association has started American Diabetes Alert Day to educate the public about their risk for type 2 diabetes. This annual event aims to bring greater awareness to families about the factors that can cause diabetes and ways to prevent it. This year’s celebration will occur on March 26, 2013, and Sunrise Children’s Hospital is honored to be a part of it. To decrease your family’s chances of experiencing type 2 diabetes, consider the following suggestions:
Maintain a Consistent Exercise Program
Physical activity is important for many aspects of health, and can greatly influence a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes. Exercise promotes the stabilization of blood glucose levels, which directly impact the onset of diabetes. Physical activity also diminishes a person’s likelihood of being overweight or obese. Because studies have determined a link between excessive weight and type 2 diabetes, it’s essential that each member of your family engages in daily exercise.
Assess Your Family’s Health History
Take a look at your family tree. If any of your immediate family members have been diagnosed with diabetes, you must be diligent about maintaining healthy lifestyle choices. Researchers have found that when a parent or sibling has diabetes, the odds of you suffering from it increase as well.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Perhaps you are doing all you can to eat right and exercise regularly, yet you fear you may still be overweight. To be sure, you can calculate your body mass index. Your body mass index, or BMI, takes into account both your weight and height to determine if you weigh more than is healthy. Though children should not be evaluated according to the BMI scale, it’s important to take them for regular physicals so a healthcare provider can assess whether they should decrease their weight to reduce their type 2 diabetes risk.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital can help you avoid the risks and complications of type 2 diabetes. Call our Las Vegas facility today at (702) 233-5437 for more diabetes prevention information, and visit our website to learn more about our upcoming classes.
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Children’s health needs are unique, and your kids deserve the specialized and advanced care offered by Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. To learn how to help your child stay healthy after consulting us for your pediatric care, browse the links below. For more information about our hospital services, contact us online or call us at (702) 233-5437.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explores the reasons women may need to deliver through cesarean section.
Read this article at NIH.gov to find out if you would benefit from pre-labor psychological therapy as a first-time mother.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help you understand the problem of childhood obesity with this article.
Help your child feel more confident with his or her body by reading this article from the Nemours Foundation.
Explore the health effects of obesity in adults with the Weight-Control Information Network.
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If you are planning a cesarean section (C-section) birth, your birth plan will look different than one including traditional labor and delivery. Still, you do need to plan and prepare for the delivery, and you can find the resources you need to prepare with Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. Below is a look at the steps you might take to get ready for your C-section delivery.
Sign up for a Prepared Childbirth Class
You will not need the extensive coaching of multiple labor and delivery classes when you are planning a C-section, but you should still seek some childbirth education to ease your worries about delivery. The one-session Prepared Childbirth Class may be right for you, as it includes information on C-section delivery, caring for your body in the third trimester, and caring for your new baby.
Plan to Have Help Through Your Recovery
Complete recovery from a C-section takes about four to six weeks, which means that you may not have the energy to handle household chores and newborn care on your own. Along with help from your partner, you might ask friends and family if they can help you around the house once the baby arrives. The reduced stress will help you recover faster while your baby still gets proper care each day.
Determine Your Preferred Method of Anesthesia
As you discuss your delivery with your doctor, you might be advised to speak with an anesthesiologist to review your options for anesthesia to use during delivery. This decision is unique for each patient, so be sure that you schedule time to speak about it and learn the risks and benefits of every option.
To discover all the reasons to choose Sunrise Children’s Hospital for your labor and delivery, contact us online or through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5437. We are the leading provider of neonatal and pediatric care in the Las Vegas region with three decades of excellent pediatric care behind us.