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Prenatal Yoga

Benefits of prenatal yoga

Prenatal yoga has numerous benefits: stress relief, improved balance and flexibility, and reducing lower back discomfort just to name a few.  Of course, please get clearance from your doctor before engaging in any physical activity when pregnant. 3 yoga poses I recommend including into your daily routine are the bird/dog pose, child’s pose, and pigeon […]

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Pregnancy tip # 7: Eating for two

One of the most popular comments I hear when someone is pregnant is “you are eating for 2 now!” and it drives me crazy! Yes, when pregnant, you do have a second one on board, but a very tiny little human being. Therefore, you are eating for yourself and one more teeny person, not 2 […]

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Zika virus: What you need to know

Written by: Vivian Onunkwo, MD, Agnesian Work & Wellness Medical Director Zika virus infection is a disease caused by Zika virus. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti) which also transmits dengue and chikungunya viruses. Infected pregnant women can pass the virus to their fetus during pregnancy or at time of […]

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Pregnancy tip #6: Don’t skip breakfast

Don’t forget about breakfast. Breakfast is important for everyone to consume, especially when pregnant. A healthy breakfast will help jumpstart your metabolism for the day and give you energy. Make sure your breakfast contains a whole grain source and a protein source.  Some examples are a whole grain cereal with low-fat milk, oatmeal with ¼ […]

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Fish and Couscous

Pregnancy tip #5: A fishy question

Is fish safe during pregnancy??? There are so many concerns with eating fish due to mercury content when pregnant. Studies show that eating fish is very healthy for a pregnant mom and baby, but also that high amounts of mercury can damage the development of a baby’s brain. The FDA and EPA state a pregnant […]

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Pregnancy foot comfort

Pregnancy tip # 4: happy feet

Happy Feet! There is no denying your feet will hurt at some point during your pregnancy. Try to minimize this by wearing comfortable, non-restricting shoes.  My favorite shoes to wear lately are running shoes since I am on my feet the majority of the day.  If you do not have a comfortable pair to wear- […]

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Pregnancy hydration

Pregnancy tip #3: hydration

Proper hydration while pregnant plays a very important role in the development of your baby, helps your body regulate temperature, helps flush out sodium and lessen swelling, prevent constipation and hemorrhoids, lessen fatigue, and many more benefits. Water is the best source of fluids to stay hydrated.  A pregnant woman needs more fluids than the […]

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The importance of using a foam roller

Written by: Sarah Schultz, MS, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center, Fond du Lac What do you do when your muscles are really sore after a hard workout? Please don’t tell me you lay in bed! One great way to assist with muscle recovery is to use a foam roller. Foam rollers come in many […]

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Pregnancy tip #1: exercising during pregnancy

I want to introduce myself for those of you who do not know me. I am an Exercise Physiologist in the Cardiac Services department at Ripon Medical Center, and I also teach several group exercises classes per week and personal train in the Wellness Center. We have had many inquires recently about exercising when pregnant. […]

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Heart stethescope

Why should we care about heart health?

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This includes heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Most of the risk factors for heart disease are modifiable by preventive measures, and adjunctive drug therapies. These include: Diet Physical inactivity Obesity Smoking Hypertension (elevated blood pressure) Dyslipidemia (elevated lipids) Diabetes […]

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