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How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
Written by Gerald F. Joseph, Jr., MD   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:21

President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Because women expect to gain weight while they are pregnant, some think of pregnancy as a time when it’s okay to indulge all cravings and add on pounds with abandon. But how much weight you put on does make a difference, and gaining too much can cause both short- and long-term health consequences for you and your baby.

Excess weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of conditions such as preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and gestational diabetes, especially in women who are overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy. It can also raise the risk of cesarean delivery.

In the long term, the more weight you gain while you’re pregnant, the more you have to lose after the baby is born, and the more likely that the extra weight will become permanent. This retained pregnancy weight can contribute to a higher future risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems.

St. Charles opens Pulmonary Rehab Clinic
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:20

In response to a community need, Mercy St. Charles Hospital has opened a Pulmonary Rehab Clinic.

The clinic sees patients with debilitating conditions such as obstructive lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Clinic staff members strive to focus on how best to address each patient’s unique needs and circumstances. Evaluations are completed in the morning Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and rehab sessions are offered from 1- 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“I develop a plan of care for each patient based on his or her individual needs,” said Rebecca Montgomery, coordinator of Pulmonary Rehab at St. Charles. “During the initial evaluation, I get information about the patient’s medical history, medications, limitations and goals. I send the plan of care to the ordering physician for approval, and then we start the therapy sessions and progress at a pace that is right for each patient.”

Protect kids’ eyes from the sun, injury this summer
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 August 2009 16:03

Summer for children means countless trips to the local pool, beach or river and playing outside for hours. Parents and guardians take painstaking measures to minimize the risks their children face including teaching them how to swim; to look both ways before crossing the street; and to use bug spray and sunscreen.

Don’t forget the importance of protecting children’s eyes from the sun. After all, how often are sunglasses purchased for children? As it happens, kids are rarely found wearing sunglasses, but they need even more protection from the sun than adults. According to Dr. Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, associate dean at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and Medical Director of Realeyes, “children’s eyes have more transparent corneas and lenses than the fully developed eyes of adults. As a result children’s eyes let in more UV light, putting them at greater risk for vision complications from sun damage.”

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