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Prepare Yourself Pregnancy


If you are hoping to welcome a baby into your family sometime soon, your "to-do list" may be long. And while things like preparing a nursery and buying the right stroller are important, there are also things you need to do for yourself, both before you get pregnant and while you are pregnant.

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your (future) baby. A healthy, happy mom is better able to cope with the stress (both physical and emotional) of pregnancy, childbirth and new motherhood.

A good first step in new mom self-care is establishing a good support system. Identify the friends and family members who you can rely on to help you and cheer you on and then communicate with them openly and honestly. This support team should, of course, include your husband too! Let him know how he can help - and then be sure to LET him help you.

Find ways to take time for yourself before your baby arrives. Whether that means taking walks, or relaxing with a book or getting a pedicure periodically, do it. Make your hobbies and interests a priority now and you are more likely to continue to find a way to do so after the baby arrives.

Establishing a good exercise routine is important too. Regular, moderate exercise is good for you and should be continued during pregnancy. Do not get overheated, however, and avoid hot tubs in early pregnancy. And of course, make sure your doctor is ok with your exercise plan.

You should also be special attention to what you are eating. A diet rich with fruits and vegetables, as well as low-fat dairy products, is highly recommended for all women. Foods containing iron and calcium (milk, fortified breads and juices and green, leafy vegetables) are especially important for pregnant women. Folic acid intake is critical. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take 400mg of folic acid every day before and during pregnancy. This important vitamin helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Multivitamins are also safe for pregnant women.

For more information on preparing your body, your family and your life for pregnancy and motherhood, attend Preconceptions - our upcoming free event full of information, fun and goodies! Register here.


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Relief for Aching Knees

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Relief for Aching Knees



Our knees and hips keep us moving. Unfortunately, they also wear out with time, producing the joint pain and stiffness that so many of us experience as we age. In fact, nearly half of all Americans will develop osteoarthritis of the knee at some point in their lifetime.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease in which healthy joint tissue breaks down, losing the cushion between the bones and leaving you with bone-against-bone friction. This can be quite painful and limit your physical activity. Typically, patients are recommended non-operative treatments first, including weight loss, non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs and changes in activity. 

Many cases of knee osteoarthritis are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatments, leaving surgery as the patient's only option for relief. However, in the past, many patients have decided against surgery because of the lengthy recovery times, but that is changing, thanks to a procedure known as MAKO. 

The MAKO system is an exciting innovation that resurfaces your knee (and can also be used on hips). MAKO can help patients back on their feet faster - and in Sacramento, MAKOplasty® is available in our area at the Dignity Health hospitals.

MAKO is an excellent option for end-stage osteoarthritis limited to one or two compartments of the knee. Prior to the MAKO procedure, your physician will use sophisticated imaging and software to build a 3-D reconstruction of your joint. This not only provides a blueprint for a customized patient-specific implant, it also allows the surgeon to position and align the implant with pinpoint accuracy. This is crucial to ensure comfort, natural motion and implant longevity.

Unlike traditional knee surgery, the MAKO system removes only the arthritic tissue. An implant replaces the lost bone tissue, providing a smooth artificial surface with a shape and fit customized precisely to the patient's unique anatomy. This procedure is performed through a small incision, which helps speed the healing process. During the procedure, a surgeon-operated robotic arm provides incredible precision for the surgeon to place the implants.  

The benefits to MAKO include:
  • Optimally positioned implants allowing for a natural-feeling knee
  • Performed through a smaller incision than required for 
  • total knee replacement surgery
  • Only the arthritic portion is removed, preserving healthy bone and tissue and sparing all of the knee ligaments
  • Minimal hospitalization, rapid recovery
  • Less implant wearing

MAKOplasty knee resurfacing patients are encouraged to walk the same day of surgery and in many cases, return to normal daily activities within a couple of weeks.

To learn more about MAKO and other treatment options for aching knees and hips, register to attend one of our upcoming free joint pain seminars. We want to help you get your life back in motion!


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