We are working hard on our Birthday Party issue for Feb/Mar.
That got us thinking, what's the point? What mom throws the
'perfect party' every time? As hard as we may try - we don't. So
this year, in addition to our fun and creative ideas that are meant
to be inspiratinal, we are adding a new section: Birthday
You know you've had them! Planning only gets you so far before
exhaustion, sugar-rush or downright unstoppable natural disasters
get in the way. Even you can't control that.
Share in the comments section below some of your best "What not
to do" moments in your childrens' Birthday Party past. And maybe a
good, hard laugh and words of advice to go along with it.
A healthy start
by Martha Reilly, M.D.
Ensuring that your baby boy or girl has a healthy start to life
begins with good prenatal care. Prenatal care refers to the care
you receive for yourself and your baby during your entire
pregnancy. Following a prenatal care plan can positively impact
both you and your baby's health by minimizing pregnancy
complications, decreasing the likelihood of birth defects and
easing postpartum recovery.
The first step in promoting your growing baby's good health is
to establish healthy habits for yourself, before you become
pregnant: a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and avoiding harmful
substances such as tobacco, alcohol and certain medicines and
foods. Women who are planning to become pregnant should talk with a
doctor for advice on lifestyle changes and healthy practices that
will contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
Once you are pregnant, getting good nutrition, plenty of
exercise, sleep and avoiding stress are good guidelines to follow.
Babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three
times more likely to have a low birthweight and five times more
likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care, according
to the March of Dimes. Babies that weigh less than 5 pounds, 8
ounces at birth are considered low birthweight and are at greater
risk of serious health problems and disabilities such as mental
retardation, learning problems, cerebral palsy, bleeding in the
brain, digestive problems and vision or hearing loss. One in 12
babies is born with low birthweight, according to the March of
Dimes. These infants' survival rate is also lower than babies of
normal weight (ranging from about 5 ½ to 9 pounds). Research
suggests that babies with low birthweight may be at risk for health
problems as adults, too, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and
Giving your baby an early foundation for good health is one of
the greatest gifts. If you're planning to start a family, begin
with a pre-conception checkup. Your doctor can help screen for
certain health problems, infections, make sure your immunizations
are up to date, as well as discuss your nutrition and lifestyle
habits, medications and certain foods and beverages to avoid during
Your doctor will establish a regular schedule of check-ups and
various screenings. It's important to follow this plan, and comply
with your doctor's instructions for your medical care and personal
health habits. Specific lifestyle choices an expectant mother can
make to reduce the chances of having a low birthweight baby include
avoiding tobacco and alcohol, getting adequate rest and nutrition,
managing stress and taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid
(0.4 mg). It's also important to work with your doctor to manage
any chronic conditions that can affect your pregnancy and your
baby's growth, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or thyroid
To learn more, visit McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center click on
"Health Resources" and "Interactive Tools," and take the Birth
Defects Quiz, Smoking and Pregnancy Quiz, Healthy Pregnancy Quiz,
and more. Or, call 541-741-4649 to make an appointment to tour the
Remember that this information is not intended to replace the
advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help
equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with
your physician that will benefit your health.
Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on
Women's Health, www.womenshealth.gov, March
of Dimes, www.marchofdimes.com,
National Institutes of Health, www.nlm.nih.gov.
Healthy MOM™ is brought to you by McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center .
Meet Healthy MOM™ - Martha Reilly, M.D., is
Chief of Women and Children's Medicine for the Medical Staff at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, she practices at the
Center for Women's Health. After earning her medical degree at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed her
internship and residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in
If you are planning on traveling this winter, now is the time to
talk to your physician and get the annual flu vaccine for everyone
(age 6 months+) at least 3 weeks ahead for maximum effectiveness.
Sometimes it takes a few calls to the pediatrician to find a
time to get the kids in for an appointment when they have vaccine
available. Don't wait until the last minute.
Various influenza viruses can circulate at different
times and in different places. You can be exposed to people and
illnesses from all over the world when you fly. Most doctors
recommend you take multi-vitamins and eat vitamin C rich foods
(oranges, guava) before and during your travels to help boost your
immune system. Have everyone get a good night of sleep before
you depart and eat well- avoid anything spicy that could cause
upset tummies. Have a safe and healthy winter!
If you have travel questions- contact Vacation MOM at 541-688-7473 or find
more info on her Facebook Page at "Travel MOM"
Planning a vacation to the happiest
place on earth? Travel MOM shares with our readers some tips on
when, where and how to do Disneyland in this
You can also read what MOM Magazine designer Kassie Boeringher
learned on a recent trip to Disney here.
Anahid Bertrand of Early Ears by Anahid talks about the
importance that music plays in the parent-child relationship. In
her first installment of 'Making music together,' Anahid addresses
the questions: "I'm unsure of my singing ability, should I still
sing?" and "What should I sing?" Find out the answers here.
Hey mom, you deserve some time for yourself. Join Fit MOM Rachel
Sanders at Courtsports in Springfield for MOM's Night Out. Call
your girlfriends and let's take time for ourselves. Enjoy a glass
of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a tour of the club.
The first 25 moms to arrive receive a special gift and a great
deal on club membership. Fit MOM is brought to you by Courtsports.
Check out the latest Fit MOM feature in the April/May issue of
MOM Magazine. Click
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read the April/May 2011 Healthy MOM story, as seen in your latest
issue of MOM Magazine. Meet Healthy MOM Kay Yanit of
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. Lane County MOM Magazine
Healthy MOM is brought to you by:
Guest Blog from Fit MOM Rachel Sanders. Don't miss her story in
the Holiday issue of MOM Magazine if you're looking for inspiration
to get healthy.
Kids and parents had a great time at Drop and Shop at the Courtsports Kids Klub.
Parents enjoyed a great afternoon of shopping and being out and
about. No worries about the kids, they were having a great time.
Pizza and juice boxes, marshmallow snowmen, crafting beaded
Christmas trees, Santa hats and more.
The finale was a visit from Santa. After sharing their wish
lists and their opinion on whether they had been naughty or nice,
they were sent off with a candy cane and a smile. Everyone is
looking forward to parent's night-out in January. Check back, day
and time will be announced soon.
Fit MOM is brought to you by Courtsports.
Kelley Reese's simple and inspiring
jewelry stylishly gives moms subtle reminders of important
qualities that we all embrace. To let all you moms out there
know that you are strong and beautiful, we are giving away Kelley
Reese's strength necklace, like the one pictured above.
In the comments section below, tell us about your strongest
holiday memory. We will randomly draw a name on Friday, December
10th to win the bracelet.
You can view her entire collection of gorgeous jewelry here.
The MOM team had so much fun at the Roloff family farm
interviewing Amy and touring their amazing property. We are
thrilled to be featuring Amy on our October/November - she is an
incredible woman. So down to earth - she talked with and opened up
to us like she's known us for years!
Although we are sad to see the "Little People, Big World" series
come to a close, I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more from
Amy as part of the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation:
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