at baby+co. we love everything about the holiday season: the shopping, the decorations, the crisp weather, and of course, the delicious food. but it can seem like the last few months of the year are one long buffet of not-so-healthy choices, starting with halloween candy and ending with the clink of a champagne or beer glass at midnight on new year’s eve. our health coach in our cary, nc center, makayla mclaughlin, shares her tips for eating mindfully during this festive time. drink a glass of water before eating. whether you’re an expectant parent, a breastfeeding mom, or trying to… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, you’re thinking about money and also about your baby’s health. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean shelling out big bucks for organic groceries. Luckily when it comes to food and nutrition, a few basic changes will help you get healthier while saving you money at the same time. Buy fruits and veggies in season. At peak harvest season, the basic laws of supply and demand kick in — the price goes down because there’s so much of it to sell. It’s also packed with more nutrients — and more flavor — because… 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

Ginger Breedlove, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Baby+Company, has a long history of caring for the needs of women across the globe. As a nurse for over 40 years and a midwife for almost as long, she’s dedicated her life to the health and wellness of mothers and children. While serving as the immediate past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, she and her colleagues often gathered to discuss the growing incidence of maternal deaths in the United States. After attending a conference where a speaker bemoaned that despite all the talk, there was no action,… Read More

I love helping moms change their eating habits! When we start making changes to grocery shopping routines, it can seem daunting to shop within a budget AND buy real food, especially when we’re not used to shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. I am frequently asked for my shopping tips, and about how to shop for a family without spending an exorbitant amount  in groceries each year. As a result, I’ve combined my real life experience with grocery shopping all around town to develop my handy guide to the Best Real Food Deals in Nashville Grocery Stores. Read through… Read More

It’s time to talk about something every pregnant woman gets tested for in the third trimester- Group B streptococcus (GBS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get a routine GBS screening at 35 to 37 weeks. This screening determines whether or not you carry the GBS bacteria. Before you jump to conclusions about this routine test, know that roughly 1 in 4 pregnant women test positive. A positive test is less dramatic than it sounds! We have all the… Read More

This past week, we had our second trimester group visit at Baby+Company. I really enjoyed the group visit during the first trimester, so I asked my husband to join me for this group visit (which is encouraged). I’m so glad he was there to gain additional insight, provide a soon-to-be dad’s perspective, and to participate in the group discussion. Vitals Check We started the appointment by taking and recording our own weight, taking one another’s blood pressure, and taking turns having our fundal height measured and listening to our babies’ heartbeats with the fetal doppler by Kate Layman, CNM. Read More

Your diet has a major impact on your health, and when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you’re ingesting impact your little one as well. Babies need extra nutrients, and you may not be getting certain critical elements in sufficient amounts – even if you stick to a balanced diet and especially if you have dietary restrictions like vegans, vegetarians, and people who are intolerant of gluten or dairy. That’s where a prenatal vitamin enters the picture. You know a prenatal vitamin is good for you (and the wee one!), and vitamins and minerals… Read More

We all know that daily exercise is important – but what about exercise during pregnancy? Are there certain activities that are unsafe? What are the benefits for you and baby? And what do you need to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your exercise routine? Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy: Improves overall general fitness and strengthens your heart and blood vessels Promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy Reduces back pain Eases constipation May decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery Aids in weight loss after your baby is born May improve long-term… Read More

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