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From books to family, even friends, when you’re pregnant the amount of information can be overwhelming. But doctors say moms need to keep the most important things in mind. “Everything that you do is going to affect your baby,” said Dr. Cherrie Morris, an OB/GYN with Lee Health. It’s one reason why doctors recommend no alcohol during pregnancy. “Hands down that’s it because we don’t know what’s safe and what’s unsafe. Who knows when in development that can affect you,” said Dr. Morris. Also, stay away from foods that could carry any bacteria. “You want to stay away from raw things, raw meats, and fish. I tell my patients to avoid things like buffets and salad bars because you just don’t know how long things have been sitting out,” said Dr. Morris. And when it comes to food, make sure you’re not overeating. “Generally speaking, you may want to increase your calories about 400 to 500 a day, if you’re just the average person and you’re starting out at a normal weight. That doesn’t mean you want to double your calories. You have to be careful about that. One of the problems is gaining too much weight during pregnancy because that can be dangerous for the pregnancy and the mom after she delivers,” said Dr. Morris. It’s also important for moms to make sure they are getting enough folic acid into their daily diet to help the baby’s growth. That means eating foods like green leafy vegetables and citrus fruit. “When you’re pregnant your sense of gravity is off, especially when you get to 20 weeks and beyond,” said Dr. Morris. While moms are encouraged to continue exercising, it’ important they modify their work out to prevent injuries or falls. “Probably the most important thing is to get prenatal care,” said Dr. Morris. Keeping regular visits with your doctor, eating well, and taking vitamins and supplements can keep both mom and baby healthy during pregnancy.

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Having a baby is an exciting time, and Lee Health wants to make it a healthy time for you and your baby.

We offer a wide range of maternity services including prenatal, perinatal (high-risk pregnancy care) and postpartum services throughout Lee County. 

Whether this is your first baby or you are continuing to build your family, our experienced physicians and clinical staff are there to help you every step of the way, from getting pregnant to parenting.

Our Maternity Services

Lee Health offers a full range of maternity services to help you and your baby have a happy, healthy pregnancy, including:

  • Obstetric care
  • Prenatal classes
  • Prenatal care for high risk pregnancy
  • Labor and delivery services
  • Midwife services
  • Lactation services
  • Postpartum care
It can be one of the most exciting times for a family. But welcoming a new baby into the world can also be scary for new moms. “I think it’s really important to educate and empower moms. They have nine months to prepare on how they are going to cope with this pain because that can make all the difference,” said Dr. Rachel Wykes, an OB/GYN with Lee Health. Dr. Wykes educates expecting moms on how to prepare for the arrival of their new baby. “I think that the more you learn about the process it can kind of ease some of that anxiety because you can go in feeling prepared,” she said. She encourages moms to find things to keep them calm during labor and delivery. “I think it’s important for the woman to know herself and to do something that’s relaxed her or helped her in the past,” said Dr. Wykes. Bringing in things like your favorite music, movie, and smells can help keep moms relaxed. It’s also important to focus on your breathing. “It focuses your attention elsewhere away from your pain and not let your pain take over the whole process, but also it is important to oxygenate and to get all that air flow into the fetus,” she explained. Doctors recommend moms plan ahead how they want to manage their delivery pain. “Epidurals and spinal are really popular because they can block the pain where its starting and you don’t have any of the neurological effects from that, and it does a really good job of alleviating the pain,” said Dr. Wykes. Moms can also use nitrous gas to manage their pain. “I think it adds to that component of giving a woman some control which can ease her psychological distress. The woman gets to control when she breathes it in, it’s a short life, it’s a quick onset, and quick off, and it does give you a little bit of relief and relaxation,” she said. Keeping moms calm and helping them manage their pain can help them have a safe and healthy delivery.