Congratulations! You’re pregnant! The first trimester is full of  big changes, and if you’ve never been pregnant before (and even if you have!), there can be symptoms that leave you wondering is this normal? Have no fear; today’s blog will look at some of the myths and realities of early pregnancy – what’s normal and what’s not. Remember: you know your body best, so if you have any questions or concerns, or feel something isn’t right, it’s always a good idea to call your midwife and check in with her. There’s no harm in being cautious! Morning Sickness… Read More

After you see that positive pregnancy test, the next question on your mind is probably “When am I going to start showing?” As you eagerly await that baby bump and browse for new clothes at the maternity store, you might not be sure when you’re actually going to get to debut them. Most women gain between 15 and 40 pounds during pregnancy, and your first few months will be filled with physical changes. In your eagerness to spot your burgeoning bump, though, you might begin to wonder if you’re starting to show or if you just ate too much chili. Read More

Lead Midwife Nona Smith has always dreamed of offering a more holistic approach to women’s health care, particularly for those critical months before, during, and after a pregnancy. A self-described “workaholic,” Nona is experienced in all areas of fetal and maternal medicine. In addition to providing incredible care, she loves spending time with her adult sons and her grandchildren. Get to know her better! B+C: Hi, Nona! We’re so excited to be opening this new center in Winston-Salem and look forward to having you on the team. Can you tell us a bit about your professional and educational background? NS:… Read More

Staying active during pregnancy can be challenging: you may be dealing with fatigue, nausea, balance issues, and discomfort. Staying active can be doubly challenging when you’re pregnant in the summer and already tend to run hot! Here are some ways to be active and keep fit while you’re pregnant in the summer. Remember, ask your midwife before starting any sort of exercise program, and make sure your activity is okay before starting it. If you’re not feeling well during the activity, stop and rest, and call your midwife if you are concerned. As always, stay hydrated and… Read More

Bring on the watermelon! Though beautiful pregnant bellies are reminiscient of watermelons, we love that watermelon has great qualities to promote fertility in men! Our newest health coach to the team, Kira Whitham, came in with an ah-mazing Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. (Ashley+new baby= maternity leave with all the snuggles) So, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit. Lycopene is an antioxidant which can help with both the quality and quantity of sperm. Tomatoes are also in this recipe and are rich in lycopene, so consider this recipe extra-healthy for men! Watermelon contains citruline which acts similarly to… Read More

Kira Whitham is our interim Health Coach while Ashely Couse is out on maternity leave. We are so happy to have Kira here to keep our clients focused on a healthy lifestyle. We sat down with her to ask her some questions so that our community can get to know her better. What is your educational background? I have a BS in English, an MA in Education, and an MS in Health and Nutrition Education. I am currently studying for my board certification through NANP. When were you inspired to become a health coach? My own health journey and medical… Read More

This week, my husband, Trevor Fleck, reluctantly accepted my invitation for me to interview him regarding his thoughts, fears, and experience on our journey to become parents. What have you been doing to prepare for Vivian’s birth? TF: Admittedly, I’ve taken more of a passive role in preparing for our little girl’s arrival. Most preparation duties have consisted of various “honey-do’s” involving the nursery. I have accompanied Autumn to most of her appointments and attended several birth preparation classes, including the Birth Journey, Breastfeeding & Newborn Care, Cloth Diapering 101, and Infant CPR. These classes were new information and… Read More

The 4th of July, Independence Day. Barbeques, swim parties, parades, fireworks, flags – this is almost synonymous with summertime. If you’ve got toddlers or small children, they might not be able to partake in all of the holiday festivities – but there are still lots of activities they can do. Here are some fun crafts and treats to try with your kids, and who knows – maybe you’ll start a new tradition of your own!  4th of July Noisemakers When you think of the 4th of July, fireworks and parades often come to mind. Fireworks can be scary to… Read More

When you find out you’re pregnant, one of the first decisions to make is who will be your pregnancy care provider. While you’re probably anxious and excited to make sure that everything is going well with your little one, you shouldn’t rush into choosing a provider. You want someone who has an attitude about pregnancy and birth that aligns with your own. How can you narrow down your options when it sometimes seems like you’re just picking someone from a hat? The vast majority of women are attended to by obstetricians (OB-GYNs), but the number of midwife-attended births has… Read More

I’ve been contemplating writing on this subject for some time now. As I near the end of my pregnancy, I have been gifted many more great examples to include on this topic. No, I won’t necessarily be doling out my own advice. Instead, I’ll discuss the deluge of “advice” (typically unsolicited) that friends, family, and strangers alike start to share with women as soon as they announce their pregnancies. I will preface this by saying that I know most of the comments and suggestions are well-intended. Pregnancy & Body Image There is something about seeing a pregnant woman… Read More

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