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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

10 tips to prepare for pregnancy

Published in OB/GYN Services, For the Health of It Author: Yvette Rodriguez, Certified Nurse Midwife

Thinking about getting pregnant? Plan ahead to make sure you are physically, emotionally and mentally ready for motherhood.

  1. Start early. About one to three months before you plan to get pregnant, make an appointment with your health care provider for a routine physical exam and preconception counseling.
  2. Check your medications. Clear all medications with your health care provider before you try to get pregnant.
  3. Go to the dentist. Bacteria in your mouth can lead to gingivitis or other issues, which in turn has been shown to result in preterm babies and low birth weight infants.
  4. Reduce your stress. Figure out what is causing stress in your life and do your best to change it. Yoga, meditation, writing, and exercise all help to lower stress levels.
  5. Exercise. A healthy body is more receptive to becoming pregnant. Exercise will give you more energy, which you will need in the coming months.
  6. Cut out the bad stuff. Your body needs to be a shrine of health prior to becoming pregnant for your new baby so no drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
  7. Good food = good for baby. You absolutely need folic acid, which can be found as part of a prenatal multivitamin. If you have low iron levels, you may want to start with an iron supplement. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium and water.
  8. Weigh your weight. Reach a healthy weight before trying to get pregnant. Being overweight or underweight while trying to conceive can have an impact.
  9. Talk to your partner. Having a baby can cause strain on your relationship. Sit down and have a serious discussion with your partner about your hopes and expectations for conception, pregnancy and child raising.
  10. Cross something off your bucket list. If there is one thing that you always wanted to do — do it! Go hang-gliding, learn how to scuba dive or just take a last-minute flight to a sandy beach. Spoil yourself a little!