Beating the Bloat During Pregnancy

By , April 15th, 2014 | Pregnancy, Women's Health | 0 Comments

Tamsen Carson, PA, Renown Health

Unfortunately retaining fluid and having swollen ankles during pregnancy is very common and can be totally normal.  About 50-percent of pregnant women experience bloating or water retention.  It is usually the worst during your last trimester, but can really happen anytime during pregnancy.

The best thing to do when you see swollen ankles is to elevate your feet and drink a lot of water – it’s recommended you drink six- to-eight glasses of water a day. Sometimes, putting lemon in the water can help with the swelling as well.

If you are walking a lot, you will get swollen ankles, but don’t …

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What is a Midwife?

By , March 27th, 2014 | News, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, Women's Health | 0 Comments

Jessica Good, Certified Nurse Midwife, Renown Health 

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a person who received a Masters degree specializing in taking care of women, both during and outside of pregnancy. Nurse Midwives are also qualified to take care of newborns in their early life.

Typically, midwives are nurses first. The schooling takes two to three years and midwives must be certified in order to practice, meaning they have to all meet the same standards. Midwives are different than doctors in that they are with expectant mothers during labor and are present for more of the labor experience. In addition, CNMs help the moms-to-be with a lot with …

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Inducing Labor

By , March 14th, 2014 | Pregnancy, Safety | 0 Comments

Tamsen Carson, PA, Renown Health

An induction of labor (or IOL) is done for a variety of reasons, but the goal is to start the labor process for whatever reason, including complications with pregnancy such as low fluid around the baby, restricted growth, gestational diabetes, and being post-dates (or past your due date). There are a lot of reasons why you can be induced, but unless you have a medical reason, it is usually best for you and your baby to wait until your doctor thinks it is necessary. Sometimes, this can be as late as one-to-two weeks after your due date.

An IOL is started based on a handful of …

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