Author: Bethany Hunt

Meet Our Occupational Therapists

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy enables people across the lifespan to participate in daily living tasks. Life is made up of many occupational- meaningful everyday tasks. These occupations can be many roles, such as being a parent, a student, an athlete, or a cook. We typically do not think about our everyday activities until we have trouble doing them. Everyone has occupations- for a toddler, it is play and learning developmental skills. For an older adult it is engaging with friends and family and managing his or her home. Occupational Therapy can help anyone of any age achieve goals, whether it is recovering from an injury or illness, wanting to maintain or gain skills with a developmental disability, or simply not being able to participate in meaningful everyday activities, OT can help you!

– meaningful everyday tasks. These occupations can be many roles, such as being a parent, a student, an athlete, or a cook. We typically do not think about our everyday activities until we have trouble doing them. Everyone has occupations- for a toddler, it is play and learning developmental skills. For an older adult it is engaging with friends and family and managing his or her home. Occupational Therapy can help anyone of any age achieve goals, whether it is recovering from an injury or illness, wanting to maintain or gain skills with a developmental disability, or simply not being able to participate in meaningful everyday activities, OT can help you!

Meet the Team

Tammy Pagan OTR/L – Tammy is an Occupational Therapist who has been practicing for 35.5 years. Tammy primarily sees patients at Outpatient OT at the Tyler Center. She is married with 2 children and 1 granddaughter. Tammy loves to garden and redo furniture/rooms in her house. She enjoys working with patients and seeing them gain independence with self-care. She also enjoys mentoring students.


Diane Stargell OTR/L – Diane is an Occupational Therapist who sees patients at both RMC and Stringfellow. She has practiced for 27 years. Her and her husband Jamie have 4 children and 1 grandchild. Diane enjoys being outside, cooking, and shopping. Her favorite thing to collect is gnomes. Her future plans are to work towards retirement.


Emma Downs OTR/L – Emma is an Occupational Therapist who sees patients at both RMC and Stringfellow. She is a fairly new grad and has been practicing for almost a year. Emma and her husband have a fur baby named Winnie. She enjoys painting, reading, and going to thrift stores. A fun fact about Emma is that her husband played professional baseball and she was able to travel with him to see different fields around the US. Emma’s future plans consist of her and her husband purchasing a house.


Jennifer Worley OTR/L, ATC
– Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist who is PRN and sees patients at whichever location is needed. Jennifer has been practicing for 20 years. Jennifer and her husband Brian have a son, Cash, who is a junior in high school, and a daughter, Taylor, who is in eighth grade. She enjoys spending time on Logan Martin Lake, gardening, and studying antiques. A fun fact about Jennifer is that during college she backpacked through Europe on less than 40 dollars a day. Jennifer’s future plans are to keep people guessing, one never knows what’s next!


Katie Howell OTR/L – Katie is an Occupational Therapist who primarily sees patients at our outpatient clinic. She has been practicing for 2.5 years. Katie loves to read, run, ski, hike, and participate in anything outdoors. Katie enjoys working with both children and adult populations. She is constantly learning something new and enjoys seeing the progress that each patient makes!


Jodi Herren OTR/L – Jodi is an Occupational Therapist who sees patients at our outpatient clinic at the Tyler Center. Jodi has been practicing for 7 years. She is married to her husband Cole and has three daughters: Harper, Emmy, and Reese. She loves to travel and holds a certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration.


Olivia G. Parsons BS, COTA/L – Olivia is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who sees patients at RMC, Stringfellow, and at our outpatient clinic. She has been practicing for almost 4 years. Olivia has a boyfriend named John and when she is not working, she enjoys CrossFit, golfing, and gardening. Olivia loves to travel and plans to do more of it in the future.


Shane Johnson COTA/L – Shane is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Shane has been practicing for 4 years and sees patients on a variety of floors in the hospital. You may see him on Ortho, LTACH, Oncology, or unit 8. Shane and his wife Brea have 2 children: Crimson (Evan) and Jacob (Regan). He also has 2 grandchildren Lacy and Kingslee and one on the way. Shane enjoys raising reptiles. A fun fact about Shane is that he played in The Million Dollar Band at the University of Alabama. Shane plans to continue working and wants to travel with his wife.


Melinda Ward COTA/L – Melinda is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at the RMC campus. She has been practicing for 6 years. Her and her husband Nathan have been married for 7 years and have a 2-year-old son. Melinda knew at the age of 16 she wanted to work in OT while volunteering at a special needs daycare.
Her plans are to continue to work towards special certifications to further her career.

Patient Testimony: Candice Truitt | Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Candice Truitt’s story is one of resilience, early detection, and the crucial role of proactive healthcare. At 51 years old, Candice found herself facing a diagnosis that no one wants to hear: colon cancer. However, her journey is not defined solely by the diagnosis, but by the timely intervention and comprehensive care that ultimately saved her life.

In March of 2022, Candice went for her routine annual visit to her gynecologist. Little did she know, this visit would set in motion a series of events that would change her life. Her gynecologist, recognizing the shifting recommendations for colonoscopies, suggested that Candice undergo one, as guidelines were now suggesting screenings begin at age 45.

Without hesitation, Candice agreed, demonstrating the importance of heeding medical advice and being proactive about one’s health. The colonoscopy was scheduled, and despite the inconvenience of having to undergo the prep on Easter Sunday, Candice followed through stating she thought it might be one of the worst days of the year to prep for the procedure.

After receiving the results of her colonoscopy, and her world shifted. The surgeon had found something concerning. It was her gynecologist’s recommendation that likely saved her life. This highlights the interconnectedness of healthcare providers and the importance of comprehensive care.

Subsequent appointments confirmed Candice’s worst fears: she had stage three colon cancer. However, instead of succumbing to despair, Candice faced her diagnosis head-on. She underwent surgery in June, spending five days in the hospital surrounded by compassionate nurses and attentive doctors.

Following surgery, Candice embarked on a rigorous treatment regimen, including chemotherapy starting in August of 2022. Enduring months of treatment, she persevered with strength and determination. Regular CT scans monitored her progress, revealing a positive trajectory despite the challenges.

Candice’s journey serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of early detection and proactive healthcare. Her story underscores the significance of routine screenings, even when one feels healthy and asymptomatic. Without the proactive recommendation of her gynecologist, Candice’s diagnosis may have come too late.

Today, Candice stands as a beacon of hope and resilience. Her message is clear: get your colonoscopy. By prioritizing preventive care and listening to medical recommendations, lives can be saved. Candice’s journey is a testament to the power of early detection, comprehensive treatment, and unwavering determination in the face of adversity.

Hear her testimony in her own words here in this video. And request a colorectal cancer screening kit during the month of March here.

Learning to Walk Again. Talon Warren’s Story.

Talon is a regular teenage boy from Alabama who loves hunting, fishing, and doing things with his friends from school. Unlike his peers, Talon’s life would change drastically after a car crash left him without feeling in his legs from the waist down. He was told at first that he may never walk again.


“There was a small connection instead of a full separation of his spinal cord like they thought.” Says Briana Medhus, Talon’s Aunt and caretaker. Briana credits God for the chance Talon was given to walk again. “They said it was a small chance he would recover fully or close to it.”


Talon recalls that at first while in the hospital he didn’t have much memory, but that the feeling in his legs wouldn’t return for at least two weeks. Movement would not return for even longer without mention of functions like walking. “I started moving my pinky toe on my right side.” Is how Talon remembers his first steps of progress after three months of stillness in his legs and feet. He was unsure that is was evening happening at first and asked his aunt to check. She promptly started to video recording the movement. “That was the first video we sent everyone.” Said Briana. And it would be the start of her documenting Talon’s progress as he transitioned to RMC.


Talon and Briana would start coming to RMC’s Tyler Center two times a week starting in May of 2022. “When he started in May there was no movement of anything from the waist down.” Brittany Shiflett, a physical therapist and DPT working with Talon stated. “It’s been hard. At first I was coming two times a week, and now I’ve been coming three times.” Talon recalls that during his physical therapy that his right leg cooperated first. “From the right pinky toe up. Then it started down the left side.” The left leg has made progress very recently.


With these amazing strides in recovery, some might have outbursts of celebration, but his team would describe him as “cool as a cucumber.” With the first instance of Talon walking without an assisted harness they said instead being amazed at just being able to do the action, that he pushed himself to walk four laps. Brittany Albers, LPTA says she would internally be amazed by his progress and check in with him while trying to match his calm nature about the strides he was making.


Much of Talon’s therapy involves functional training, core strengthening, and standing exercises. His team tries to keep him on his toes though. “He never knows what a day of therapy is going to look like.” Brittany Shiflett, PT, DPT says.
It has not quite been a year of this training, but Talon is walking with assistance. “We just give all the credit to the Lord,” Briana stated. Despite the emotional roller coaster from one diagnosis of no hope to one of a small chance, both Talon and Briana were comforted by their faith. Briana says that friends, family, and strangers alike have told them they have been praying for Talon. “It’s just been one miracle after another.”


His team feels similar statements about their work with Talon. “You can see just how hard Talen has worked over these last 9 months and he’s not finished yet. He has been such an inspiration to us all and is a true testament to the miraculous works of God! This is what makes our jobs so fulfilling.” Brittany Shiflett, PT, DPT “I have had the opportunity to work with Talen for 9 months now, and what an incredible journey it has been. When he started coming here, he couldn’t balance in sitting and now he is learning to walk again. His progress is remarkable, and I am lucky to be a part of it.” Brittany Albers, LPTA


When asked if he had any remarks to give someone in his position back in May just starting out, Talon said, “Be strong, trust in God, and just do it.”

Meet our Inpatient Rehab Therapists Team

What is inpatient rehab therapy?


Inpatient physical therapy refers to a specialized form of rehabilitation services provided to individuals within a hospital or healthcare facility. Our team of skilled physical therapists works closely with patients, developing personalized treatment plans that may include exercises, therapeutic techniques, and assistive devices. This type of therapy is typically recommended for patients who require intensive and closely monitored rehabilitation due to acute medical conditions, surgeries, or significant injuries.

Our inpatient therapy department covers all the floors of the hospital at RMC and Stringfellow. Our goal is to get our patients to the next step in their recovery process. Sometimes the next step is to a Rehab Facility. Or in some cases it’s to get them home with Home Health or to an Outpatient Rehab clinic. We take pride in what we do. We work diligently with the nursing staff and with transition of care to care for our patients.

Physical Therapists

Whitney Brown MPT, Certified Clinical Instructor

Whitney is a Physical Therapist. She is our Inpatient Rehab Coordinator. Whitney sees patients at RMC as well as Stringfellow. She has been practicing for 19 years. Her and her husband Dustin have 4 children: Bailey (16), Brody (16), Jake (14), and Millie (10). Whitney spends her spare time with her family and chasing her children to rodeos and sporting events. She enjoys family time and cherishes every moment. She loves working with her patients and their families to help them improve their quality of life.

Diane Gable BS, PT

Diane works at the RMC location. She has been practicing for 30 years. She’s worked in outpatient, home health, wound care, and currently acute care. She and her husband love their 3 grandchildren. When she’s not spoiling them, she enjoys doing crafts and hiking.

Kris Herndon MS, RPT

Kris is a Physical Therapist. She is primarily at the Stringfellow location. She has been practicing for 32 years. Her and her husband Eddie have 3 children; Ben and Hannah who are twins, and John. When Kris isn’t working, she enjoys reading, hiking, riding her motorcycle, and traveling. A fun fact about Kris is she starting riding motorcycles at the age of 56! Kris plans on continuing working while enjoying time with family and her hobbies.

Renee Edwards MPT

Renee is a Physical Therapist. She works part of her time at RMC Inpatient as well as in the Outpatient Clinic. She has been practicing for 26 years. Her and her husband Chuck have been married for 39 years. They have 1 Golden Retriever, Renn. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, biking, cooking, and reading. She’s even hiked Hoover Wilderness, the highest peak (11, 100’).  She enjoys traveling and plans to do more in the future.  

Sergio Sarza PT, DPT

Sergio is a Physical Therapist. He works the weekends (Fri-Sun) and sees patients primarily at RMC and occasionally at Stringfellow. He has been practicing for 9 years. Sergio enjoys traveling and plans on doing more to explore the world!

Tina Richey LPTA

Tina is a Physical Therapist Assistant. Tina sees a majority of the patients on the 9th floor as well as other floors. Tina works at the RMC location and occasionally assists the Outpatient Clinic as well as Stringfellow. She has been practicing for 37 years! She is widowed and has 2 children; a son that is 21 and a daughter that is 29. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and kayaking. Tina’s future plan is to work toward retirement!

Julie Graham LPTA

Julie is a Physical Therapist Assistant. She primarily sees patients the 8th floor at RMC and ICU. She has been practicing for 9 years. Julie enjoys motorcycles, woodworking, and reading. Before practicing Physical Therapy, Julie was a test rider for Harley Davidson!

Robin Cofield LPTA

Robin is a Physical Therapist Assistant. She is primarily on the LTACH unit at RMC. She has been practicing for 18 years. Robin and her husband have 5 children, 3 grandson, and 1 granddaughter on the way! She enjoys exercising, walking/hiking, volunteer ministry, reading, crocheting, and gardening. She also loves taking care of her patients. She is known for her big Dodge truck. When she’s not at work she enjoys going to the lake and riding her jet ski.

Amy Thompson LPTA

Amy is a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has been practicing for 23 years. Amy primarily sees patients on the Ortho floor and Gynecology floor at RMC. Her and her husband Jamie have 4 children: Brent, Lilliana, Katy (TJ) and Trey. She has 1 granddaughter: Kambree. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, baking and cooking. Amy’s future plan is to do more traveling while continuing to work.

Stan Anderson LPTA

Stan is a Physical Therapist Assistant. He has been practicing for 8 years. Stan sees patients on the Oncology floor and Geri psych floor at RMC. Stan also assists with treating patients at the Stringfellow location. Stan and his wife Crystal have 2 children: Reed and Lilly. Stan enjoys riding ATVs and living in the moment!

Occupational Therapists

Diane Stargell OTR/L

Diane is and Occupational Therapist. Diane sees patients at both RMC and Stringfellow. She has been practicing for 27 years. Her and her husband Jamie have 4 children and 1 grandchild. Diane enjoys being outside, cooking, and shopping. Her favorite thing to collect is gnomes! Her future plans is to work toward retirement.

Emma Downs OTR/L

Emma is an Occupational Therapist. Emma sees patients at the RMC location. She is a fairly new grad and has been practicing for almost a year. Emma and her husband have a newly adopted fur baby named Winnie. She enjoys reading, painting, and going to thrift stores. A fun fact about Emma is her husband played professional baseball and she was able to travel with him to see different fields around the US. Emma future plans consist of her and her husband purchasing a house!

Shane Johnson COTA/L

Shane is an Occupational Therapist Assistant. Shane has been in practice for 4 years. He covers patients on a variety of floors. You may see him on the Ortho unit, LTACH, Oncology, or units 7 and 8 at RMC. Him and his wife Brea have 2 children: Crimson (Evan) and Jacob (Regan). He also has 2 grandchildren: Lacy and Kingslee. Shane enjoys raising reptiles! A fun fact about Shane is that he played in The Million Dollar Band at the University of Alabama. Shane plans to continue working and wants to travel with his wife.

Melinda Ward COTA/L

Melinda is an Occupational Therapist Assistant at the RMC campus. She has been practicing for 6 years. Her and her husband Nathan have been married for 7 years and have a 2-year-old son. She enjoys reading and playing with her son. Melinda knew at the age of 16 she wanted to be an Occupational Therapist while volunteering at a special needs daycare. Her plans are to continue to work towards special certifications to further her career.

Olivia Parsons BS, COTA/L

Olivia is an Occupational Therapist Assistant. She has been practicing for a little over 3 years. She sees patients at RMC, Stringfellow, and in our Outpatient Clinic. She has a boyfriend named John. When she’s not working, she enjoys CrossFit, golfing, baking, and raising house plants. Olivia loves to travel and plans to more of it in the future.

Speech Therapists

Deborah McBee MSCCCSLP

I graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1995 with my Bachelor’s degree and in 1997 with my Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. This is my 26th year of practicing. Throughout my career have seen both children and adults. I am certified in LSVT LOUD, lymphedema for head and neck cancer, vital stem, videostroboscopy, and soon to be certified in FEES (August of 2023). I am a native of Talladega County and am married and have three children. I enjoy gardening and crafting.

Rehab Aides

Cheri Penny, Rehab Aide

Cheri has been an aide with the Rehab Department for 8 years. She started out in the Outpatient Department then transferred to Inpatient at RMC. Cheri assists the therapists with patient care. Cheri is married and has 1 stepdaughter. Cheri enjoys her farm life and taking care of her goats and chickens.

Jordyn Johnson, Rehab Aide

Jordyn helps the weekend therapist care for their patients. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is currently in school for Physical Therapist Assistant. She enjoys working out and traveling. A fun fact about Jordyn is she’s a twin and also has younger twin sisters!

Brianna Anderson, Rehab Aide

Brianna has been working in our rehab department at RMC for a year. She assists the therapists with patient care. She takes pride in working with the patients to help in their recovery. She and her boyfriend have a 5 year old son. When she’s not working, Brianna enjoys crafting, spending time with her family, and of course getting her nails done! She plans to become an RN to continue caring for patients.

Anna Weathington, Rehab Aide

Anna assists the therapists at Stringfellow with patient care. She also helps with wound care. She has 2 years of experience. She enjoys playing the guitar and hiking. Anna is currently in school for a degree in Medical Coding.

Kazie Ferrell, Rehab Aide

Kazie is primarily on the LTACH unit. She has 8 years of experience. Her and her husband have been married for 5 years. She has a son and a daughter. Kazie has 8 grandchildren and 1 bonus grandchild. She loves performing patient care, assisting with wound care, and making people smile. She loves to dance and travel!

Join Our Team

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Managing Diabetes for Beginners

If you just received a diabetes diagnosis, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed—there’s a lot to keep up with! Your doctor told you to keep your blood sugar levels within a specific range. Since it’s coming from your doctor, it’s obviously important. But how do you manage your blood sugar levels?

We put together this guide for managing diabetes for beginners. Keep reading for tips on adjusting to your new lifestyle, including how to monitor and control your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes Medication

Any time your doctor prescribes you a new medication, you need to take it! But this is especially true when it comes to diabetes medication like insulin. These medications lower your blood sugar levels when lifestyle changes alone can’t get the job done. 

Here are a couple of important things to keep in mind when it comes to your insulin dosage:

  • Pay attention to timing and dosage size. Both of these factors can affect the medication’s effectiveness. If you notice your blood sugar levels are too high or low consistently, then talk to your doctor. You may need to change the timing or dosage of your medication. 
  • Take care when storing insulin. Insulin is especially susceptible to extreme temperatures. Always store it in a stable temperature range and pay attention to the expiration date. Expired or temperature-affected insulin can be less effective.
  • Talk to your doctor about other medications. Other prescription and over-the-counter medications can impact your blood sugar, including birth control. 

Healthy Diet

Before putting you on diabetes medication, your doctor may have you attempt to improve your blood sugar levels with a healthy diet. When starting on this journey to a healthy lifestyle, you need to learn how different foods affect your blood sugar levels. 

Check out the main things to watch out for when switching to a diabetic diet:

  • Avoid sugary drinks. Beverages with a ton of added sugar (think soda, sweet tea, juice, etc.) have little nutritional value and are incredibly high in calories. The only time you should indulge in these beverages is if your blood sugar is too low. This is a quick way to get your levels back up in a pinch.
  • Count carbohydrates and watch portions. If you’ve talked to anyone managing diabetes, you know that counting carbohydrates is a necessity. Because they greatly impact blood sugar levels, you’ll need to know exactly how many carbohydrates you’re consuming. 

Alcohol

When sober, your liver does the job of counteracting low blood sugar by releasing stored sugar. However, when you drink alcohol, your liver becomes preoccupied with metabolizing the alcohol. As a result, your blood sugar may fall. Alcohol affects blood sugar levels shortly after consumption and the effects can last up to a day later.

Here’s what you should know before you have a drink:

  • Talk to your doctor first. Alcohol can have a major impact on people with diabetes. As such, it should only be consumed occasionally and with your doctor’s approval.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Prevent low blood sugar by eating before or with your drink, especially if you’re taking diabetes medication.
  • Count your calories. Some alcoholic beverages have more calories than others. Dry wine and light beer have fewer calories and carbs than their sweeter counterparts. Also, if you prefer cocktails, opt for sugar-free mixers that won’t raise your blood sugar 
  • Check your blood sugar before you go to sleep. As we mentioned earlier, alcohol can affect blood sugar levels up to 24 hours after consumption. This makes it important for you to check your blood sugar levels before going to bed. Eating a light snack before bed can prevent low blood sugar throughout the night if your blood sugar isn’t between 100 and 140 mg/dL.

Physical Exercise

Like with a healthy diet, exercise is an essential part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This is especially true for those managing diabetes. Your body uses sugar for energy when you’re exercising. This not only keeps your blood sugar levels low: It also helps your body process insulin more easily. 

Here are a few tips to keep you on track with your exercise plan:

  • Create a schedule with your doctor. Your doctor can help you decide how much exercise you need and when the best time to exercise is for you.
  • Keep an eye on your blood sugar levels. This means you need to check your blood sugar before, during, and after exercise. Physical exertion can lower your blood sugar, even hours after you’ve finished exercising. Watch out for signs of low blood sugar. Be sure to check your levels if you feel shaky, lightheaded, anxious, confused, hungry, or overly tired.

Sick Days

There are many factors that can affect your blood sugar levels besides diet and exercise. One of them is stress hormones that your body releases to fight off sickness. These hormones can also raise your blood sugar level. Additionally, when you’re feeling under the weather, your routine is thrown off, which means what and when you eat as well as exercise are affected. 

If you’re feeling under the weather and managing a new diabetes diagnosis, follow these few tips:

  • Make a plan. Everyone gets sick every now and then, some people more so than others. After you’ve been diagnosed, make a plan with your doctor concerning what to do if you get sick, especially if you know you have a weak immune system. This plan should include what medications you should continue or stop taking, how often you should measure your blood sugar and ketone levels, if, when, and how to adjust your medication dosages, and at what point you should call your doctor. 
  • Follow your meal plan. Being sick can really mess with your appetite, but if you can, you should stick to your meal plan as much as possible. It’s also a good idea to keep easily digestible foods on hand like crackers, soup, gelatin, and applesauce. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids that won’t affect your blood sugar. Water and unsweetened tea are some of your best options.
  • Keep taking your diabetes medication. If your illness is accompanied by nausea or vomiting and you’re unable to eat, notify your doctor right away. To avoid putting yourself at risk of hypoglycemia, it may be necessary to adjust, either by reducing or withholding altogether, your short-acting insulin. But you should keep taking your long-acting insulin and continue to monitor your blood sugar often. Your doctor may also tell you to check your urine for ketones.

Need More Help Managing Diabetes for Beginners?

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed with your new diagnosis, then reach out to our dedicated team of professionals today. We have the right doctor and treatment plan to walk you through the changes you need to make for a healthy lifestyle.

Helpful Tips for New Parents to Know About Infants

Many first-time parents report feeling woefully unprepared and overwhelmed with the idea of caring for their newborn baby or growing infant. However, there are lots of resources (like this one) available free of cost to help you feel more comfortable and answer any questions you may have about safety, feeding, bathing, soothing, bonding, and generally caring for your baby.

Read on for our list of helpful tips for new parents when caring for their baby.

Infant Safety

The first few months of your baby’s life will whizz past in what feels like the blink of an eye. There are a few baby safety tips to remember while your infant is not mobile and, therefore, stays where you put them. Although accidents can still happen, with the right precautions, they can usually be prevented. 

When you bring your new baby home, be sure to remember these top baby safety tips: 

  • Car Seats

Proper installation of car seats can help avoid any unnecessary injuries in the event of an accident. Babies and toddlers should be in rear-facing car seats until they are the correct height and weight and can transition to forward-facing. 

  • Cribs and Beds

Avoid loose bedding, blankets, and toys in your baby’s crib while they sleep. These are suffocation hazards. Dress your baby warmly (but not too warmly) at night before bedtime. Instead of a loose duvet, use an approved sleep sack. Also, opt for a firm mattress instead of a softer one. 

  • Food and Milk

Only feed your baby solids once cleared by your pediatrician. Solid foods are a choking hazard for tiny babies who are not ready to eat them. Check food and milk temperature by placing a drop on your wrist; scalding temperatures can cause burns and severe pain for your little one. Always check before feeding your baby.  

  • Bathing Time

Once your baby is done with sponge baths and is ready for tub baths, it’s essential to make sure the water is not too hot for their infant skin. Hot bathwater accounts for many childhood injuries. Set your water heater to 120° F and check the bath water before putting your baby in. Hold them carefully and take special care to avoid getting water in their ears.

  • General Household Safety

Make sure that you check your home for any hazards before bringing your bundle of joy home. If you have gas, check for leaks and speak to a qualified technician for an assessment. Install or maintain your carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors. 

Older Baby Safety 

Once your baby starts moving around the house independently, the game changes. Mobility opens up the possibility of injury without the level of control you had when the baby was immobile. It is important to remember that little kids will bump their heads and scrape their knees from time to time; it’s part of growing up. Once your baby starts rolling, scooting, and crawling, get down on the ground and scout the house for possible areas where they could get hurt. 

  • Sharp Corners

Furniture with sharp edges should be moved or have safety foam attached to the corners.

  • Low Shelves

Objects on low shelves will be pulled off and inspected by curious minds; it might be best to move these. 

  • Detergents and Cleaning Equipment

Locking your cabinets or moving anything dangerous out of reach is vital. 

  • Blind Strings and Cords

These are strangulation and fall hazards. Make sure you put away any cords and tuck strings. 

Bonding

Your baby will naturally become attached to you as their parent and primary caretaker, but there are some additional techniques you can implement to deepen your connection with them. A strong physical helps strengthen your emotional connection with your baby and can help their development in other areas.

  • Skin-to-Skin Contact

Find a comfortable place for you to sit with your baby, like their nursery or another dimly lit room. Wearing a shirt that opens in the front and with them in just a diaper, lay your baby on your bare chest. You can softly sing, hum, or read to them during this time.

  • Cradling and Rocking

Cradling, rocking, and gently rubbing your baby in different patterns can also help build your and your baby’s bond.

Soothing

Babies can become irritated or fussy for many different reasons. If you find they’re not hungry or sleepy but are still aggravated, there are some things you can do to try and soothe your baby.

  • Swaddling

Going from the womb to the outside world is a jarring experience. Swaddling helps mimic the feel of being in the womb by using a blanket or swaddling device to keep the baby’s arms close to the body, with the legs slightly bent and turned out. Be careful not to swaddle your baby too tight as this may increase their risk for hip dysplasia. This technique helps the baby feel comfortable, secure, and warm. Don’t swaddle your baby once they’re old enough to roll over, as this can put them at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

  • Sounds

Your voice is one of the most soothing sounds to your baby! After nine months of hearing Mom and Dad talk, they’ve come to associate your voice with comfort and security. They enjoy hearing you talk, babble, sing, and coo to them. Try singing and reading different materials to your baby as you rock or walk with them.

  • Massage

Gentle infant massages can be especially helpful to preemies and babies with medical complications. They’ve also been shown to help babies grow and develop. Ask your pediatrician for resource recommendations on how to safely massage your baby when they’re fussy or irritated.

Regional Medical Center Prioritizes Baby Safety 

New parents often have a million questions and things on their minds. RMC is here to help, from helping you learn how to babyproof your home to ensuring that your car seat is correctly installed in your vehicle. And if your little one does happen to have a minor or major medical emergency, we’ll care for them like our own. Remember, when in doubt, reach out—RMC cares.

Why You Should Get a COVID Booster and Flu Shot This Year

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped highlight the importance of everyday health and the profound effect immunization has in combating illness. Getting your annual flu shot and COVID-19 booster shot can help protect you from the influenza virus and Covid variants present this year. While a yearly shot doesn’t guarantee you’ll never get sick again, it can help you stay protected this flu season. 

The Basics

We continue to learn more about COVID-19 as the years and research progress. One of the things we know it has in common with the flu virus is that it can mutate and adapt, creating different strains. Neither is just a simple virus or disease. They both evolve to adapt to possible hosts. Although the flu did not get as much attention during the pandemic, it never went away.

It’s essential to understand that the flu is dangerous—hospitalising up to 960,000 people in the US every year due to complications related to influenza infections

The flu is particularly dangerous for certain people. Complications and higher risk of significantly more severe illness are most common in these groups:

  • People over the age of 65
  • Pregnant women
  • People with immunocompromising diseases, such as HIV/AIDs or Lupus 
  • Cancer patients 
  • Diabetics and asthmatics 

If you are within the above groups, it’s essential to take your health seriously and consult with a doctor to book your annual flu shot for added protection against this year’s influenza. 

Reducing Risks 

The flu shot works by triggering an immune response in your body. This response teaches your body how to fight off influenza if it comes into contact with it. This process ensures that you’re safe and protected. The vaccine can help you reduce the risks of developing further serious complications caused by the flu. 

With the rise in COVID-19 infections and variants, it’s vital to maintain your health. Contracting the flu can weaken your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to COVID-19 and putting you at risk of life-threatening complications. The flu vaccine can help reduce the risk of flu and lower your chances of severe complications. 

The Important Information

It’s crucial to remember that flu shots are needed annually as viruses evolve and adapt to their environment. Scheduling a yearly shot can help build your immunity to various strains expected to be around throughout the year. The flu shot that you had last year might not protect you against the variants around this year—or the next. 

When booking your flu shot appointment, remember to discuss your medical history and allergies with your healthcare professional at the Regional Medical Center. If you are unsure or concerned, speak to your provider and ask questions. Your comfort is as important as your health. 

Can You Coadminister the Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines?

If you’re due for your COVID-19 booster shot at the same time as your annual flu shot, you can save time and get them both during the same appointment. According to the CDC, there is no added risk to getting both vaccines at the same time. However, you should always consult with your primary care provider for any questions or concerns you may have about coadministration or getting both shots at once.

Accessible Health Care

The flu shot has become one of the most widely accessible forms of health care available to everyone. Most medical plans include the flu shot within their annual plan. By ensuring that you get a flu shot as a part of your yearly healthcare, you can reduce the number of sick days you need to take off work. 

There are different types of flu shots tailored to your individual needs. Speak to your medical professional about a needleless vaccine or a shot tailored to your elderly relatives’ needs. 

RMC Cares—Book Your COVID Booster and Flu Shot Today

At RMC, we care about your health. If you are concerned or would like more information on annual flu shots and COVID-19 booster shots, get in touch with us today. We are happy to discuss your health and walk you through the process with accurate information to help you make the best decision for your health.

When Will “Pregnancy Belly” Go Away?

While you’re pregnant, watching your baby bump grow is exciting! When tracking pregnancy-related changes in your body and awaiting your precious baby’s arrival, you likely took plenty of pictures to document your beautiful growing belly.

After giving birth, you’ll probably notice that your post-baby belly and other features do not live up to your pre-pregnancy shape. Now you’re wondering: How long will the baby weight stick around? Is it natural to have loose skin on my stomach like this? How can I improve my “Mom pooch?” There’s no need to worry—you’re not alone in this. Moms worldwide have been asking these questions (and more) about postpartum body changes since the beginning.

At RMC, we cater to each milestone from prenatal to postnatal care, and we know what you’re going through; we’re here for you, Mama. Today we’re sharing the answers you’re looking for and advice on everything concerning your postpartum belly. Read on to learn more!

Why Do I Still Have a Pregnancy Bump?

Your bump first appears during pregnancy as your uterus expands beyond your pubic bone, causing your abdomen to protrude. Throughout the nine months of your pregnancy, the uterine expansion will progress; baby growth and developing pregnancy organs will cause your tummy to stretch like a balloon.

As a result of all the stretching and strain, you’ll be left with a “pregnancy pouch” for a while, as if the balloon deflated. Stretch marks, extra belly fat, and loose skin remain for most Moms, and it’s not uncommon for a new Mom to leave the hospital looking six months pregnant.

Your stomach muscles are pulling and stretching well beyond their normal position to support these developments through the entire nine months of your pregnancy. They’re working overtime during labor and delivery. If you have a firmer bump along the middle of your tummy—bulging out near or around your belly button—you may have a condition known as diastasis recti.

Diastasis recti (abdominal separation) occurs when the connective tissue of a mother’s linea alba thins and broadens, separating the abdominal muscles into an abnormal position and pushing out the hip joints and abdominal region. The condition is quite common, affecting 30–60% of women in the postpartum period, and is often not a cause for immediate medical attention. Treatment options are available for the success of future pregnancies and cosmetic reasons.

When Will My Postpartum Belly Return to Pre-Pregnancy Size?

Right after giving birth, most Moms lose weight—some lose up to twelve pounds. The size and weight of the baby, placental tissue, and remaining amniotic fluid expelled during delivery determine initial postpartum weight loss. Moms recovering from C-sections can typically expect their scars to heal in a few weeks.

In the first six weeks after giving birth, hormonal changes will begin to cause the uterus to shrink and your abdominal muscles to contract; the skin on your postpartum belly will steadily tighten. Any leftover fluids and hormonal secretions that drive much of your leftover swelling will excrete vaginally and through perspiration.

In six to eight weeks, your uterus will likely return to its pre-pregnancy state, and tummy muscles will continue to retract. The size and appearance of your postpartum stomach will significantly improve following these naturally occurring processes. However, you’ll probably notice that you still have some extra fat, loose skin, stretch marks, and excess weight.

When Can I Get Back to My Pre-Pregnancy Weight?

Most prenatal care physicians will endorse healthy weight goals for expecting mothers for the good of their baby’s development in the womb. Recommended weight goals for pregnancy tend to average 25–30 pounds, depending on the mother’s BMI.

You’ll likely lose much of that weight over two months after giving birth as your uterus shrinks and your body flushes out the remaining fluids. Nonetheless, your body could take anywhere from six to nine months postpartum—and in some cases, as long as two years—to return to pre-pregnancy weight.

How to Lose Weight and Improve Your Postpartum Belly

Your postpartum weight loss timeline has the potential to speed up depending on your diet and lifestyle, exercise routine, and breastfeeding, even. Luckily, there are safe and healthy ways to lose weight and progress towards your pre-pregnancy body goals.

Breastfeeding

Many moms find they can lose weight—burning up to 300 calories daily—throughout their postpartum period by breastfeeding. When you breastfeed, your caloric intake increases the optimal production of breast milk—you’ll probably feel hungry often. The calories you burn by breastfeeding may not exceed how many calories you should consume, so some breastfeeding Moms will experience weight gain instead of weight loss.

Healthy Diet and Nutrition

Eating healthy food is an excellent way to promote weight loss, healing, and recovery for your post-pregnancy belly and the rest of your body. A healthy diet for postpartum recovery will include protein-rich foods such as lean meats, beans, legumes, and nutrient-fortified fruits and vegetables for essential vitamins. Some other things you’ll want to consider (or reconsider) before assessing your postpartum nutrition—for losing weight—include:

  • First, speak to a postpartum nutrition specialist or discuss your diet and weight loss goals for your postpartum belly with your OB/GYN—especially if you’re a new Mom.
  • A low-calorie diet. You probably already know that lowering caloric intake—while eating healthy—can promote weight loss for pre-pregnancy bodies, but before you start counting calories:
    • You should wait a few months because your body needs those extra calories while recovering, or at least six weeks if supervised by a physician.
    • As mentioned in the above sections, a breastfeeding Mom must remember that calories are necessary to produce milk. If you are currently breastfeeding, avoid restricting calories.
    • Never restrict your daily calorie intake below the recommended guidelines for your weight and body type; it’s safer to fulfill your hunger with a healthy diet, maintain adequate nutrition, and burn any excess calories with postpartum-safe exercise.
  • Avoid eating foods with low nutritional value or high-sugar foods that can easily lead you to gain weight while trying to lose it.

Pelvic Floor and Core Exercises

Extra weight, sagging skin, and slack, stretched abdominal muscles can add to the “Mom pooch” for several months or even years, but low-strain exercise can expedite your overall progress. In the early days of your postpartum period, you can safely begin pelvic floor workouts to tone your abdominal muscles and perform light activities to burn calories, such as swimming, walking, and baby lifts! With a physician’s approval or approval from a postpartum physical therapist, you can further tighten your tummy muscles with core workouts.

We’re Here to Support Your Postpartum Weight Loss Journey

If you have yet to return to your pre-pregnancy shape, try to be patient and gentle with yourself. The postpartum belly blues can get rough, but remember to appreciate your beautiful body for all the hard work it’s done to bring your precious baby into the world—you deserve it!

At RMC in Anniston, Alabama, our maternal medical care team is committed to patient safety, comfort, and guiding new parents through one of the happiest moments in life; we’re here to support you in this time—get in touch with us today to ask questions or make an appointment!

Why Is My Morning Sickness Back at 22 Weeks?

You probably thought your morning sickness was over after your first trimester, but the dreadful days of nausea and vomiting can make an unfortunate comeback. In online forums across the web, dozens of pregnant women in their second or third trimester share their experiences with nausea all over again, asking: WHY IS MY MORNING SICKNESS BACK?!

We totally get what you’re going through; pregnancy can be challenging on both your body and mind, especially if you just can’t shake pregnancy nausea and vomiting—it can definitely feel miserable at times! We’re here for you at RMC, and that’s why we have the answers you need today; keep reading to learn more!

Are Nausea and Vomiting Considered “Morning Sickness” in the Second Trimester?

It’s possible for the “morning sickness” you might have experienced in the first couple of weeks of pregnancy to occur in your second or third trimester. You probably are well aware that these waves of nausea and vomiting aren’t just a morning thing, and just as they can hit you at any time of day, it’s totally normal if it comes back after a short break or stays throughout your pregnancy.

Which Weeks Am I Supposed to Have Morning Sickness?

As we’ve mentioned, a pregnant woman can have morning sickness at any time during pregnancy, as her hormone levels will fluctuate throughout. Levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone are known to directly cause nausea and vomiting, especially as they begin to rise during the first trimester.

Another pregnancy hormone—Relaxin—can contribute to morning sickness, as it relaxes the smooth muscle of the uterus and much of the lower abdominal cavity. The pressure caused by your expanding, relaxed uterus can lead to abdominal discomfort and indigestion, common symptoms of morning sickness.

Tracking pregnancy symptoms through each trimester will probably yield some unpredictable results, but you’re more likely to experience morning sickness later in pregnancy if you’ve already been pregnant with intense morning sickness before or if you’re prone to migraines, dizziness, and motion sickness nausea even when you aren’t pregnant.

What’s Happening with My Body at 22 Weeks of Pregnancy?

At week 22, a pregnant woman is in the 10th week of her second trimester. Although morning sickness tends to pass in the first trimester, weeks 21, 22, and 23 are common points in which many women find their morning sickness returning. But what should your body feel like in the second chapter of pregnancy, and what should it look like?

Second Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

Common symptoms in the second trimester of pregnancy include:

  • Extreme tiredness and fatigue;
  • Insomnia;
  • Restless leg syndrome (also known as “Jimmy Legs” and other nicknames for leg cramping);
  • Piles (or hemorrhoids) near your bottom;
  • Irritated, or swollen, gums and tissue in your mouth;
  • Swelling in your hands or feet;
  • Increased hair growth and shine;
  • Back pain;
  • Body temperature fluctuations;
  • Brown patches on your face or body, known as chloasma.

Other common factors of body changes during pregnancy include your appetite and your skin’s appearance.

Appetite

While expecting a baby, many women experience changes in their appetite. While some pregnant women have an increased appetite following their first trimester’s morning sickness, others are unlucky enough to have their pregnancy nausea and vomiting stick around and even feel like they have food poisoning; the last thing they want to do is eat.

As we’ve covered on our blog in the past, cravings and aversions to certain foods are quite common during pregnancy. Even if you have an extremely low appetite, try to eat and drink little and often because having an empty stomach can make your morning sickness worse.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks, darkly colored and pronounced veins, and other changes in your skin are common symptoms of pregnancy that you’re sure to see once you’re at the 22-week mark. Your skin stretches out plenty while you’re pregnant; as your uterus expands, you gain weight, and your baby grows inside.

These stretch marks can pop up as red or purple streaks on your breasts, belly, and other places where rapid growth stretches the skin at a speedy rate. After a while, stretch marks tend to turn a white-ish silver that mostly blends into your natural skin tone. Different methods of skincare—applying cocoa butter lotion formulated for pregnant bellies, for example—can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks for many women.

Does Late Morning Sickness Affect My Baby’s Growth or Health?

Morning sickness tends to have no effect on your baby’s growth, weight, size, or development, and late-term morning sickness is no different. Unless you have abnormally severe vomiting or other symptoms in need of medical attention, your baby should be just fine!

Let’s take a look at how your baby is doing at 22 weeks, shall we?

Baby Growth at 22 Weeks

At 22 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is the size of a papaya fruit at around ten inches long! He or she now weighs about one pound, which you might be feeling as they flutter around a bit and your tummy gets a little heavier. Your baby is still in an upright position at this stage of pregnancy.

Your little one now has tiny lungs and is developing little taste buds! Some say that your baby will like the foods you eat during pregnancy, so if you are enjoying certain foods while you’re expecting, your baby might prefer them once they’re old enough to enjoy solid food.

You also can ask your OB/GYN about determining the sex of your baby at this point through ultrasound. Some women believe that severe morning sickness is a sign that your baby’s a girl, but it’s better to let sonography help you to determine that.

When to Contact Your Doctor About Nausea and Severe Vomiting

If your nausea and vomiting have you feeling like you can’t keep down any food or drink, or you have blood in your vomit, it’s definitely time to call your doctor, as you might be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a pregnancy condition that is characterized by severe nausea and vomiting, leading to extreme dehydration and thirstiness, excessive weight loss, and a decrease in essential electrolyte levels. You do not need to be losing weight during pregnancy, as your body needs the weight to support your own health and the development of your growing baby.

It’s one thing to have morning sickness while still maintaining a proper pregnancy-friendly diet and drinking enough fluids, but if you can’t even do that, you need to talk to your usual doctor or obstetrician as soon as possible.

Other Symptoms to Watch out for

Aside from nausea and symptoms pointing to any particular condition, you also need to watch out for:

  • An excess of fluid expelling from your vagina (could be your water breaking too early!);
  • Incessant migraines or headaches;
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting (especially after the first trimester);
  • Blurry vision;
  • Edema (also known as pregnancy swelling) in your hands, feet, legs, or ankles.

If any of these signs and symptoms occur during your pregnancy, try to see a doctor immediately.

Relief for Severe Morning Sickness After the First Trimester

Now that you know the ins and outs of late-term morning sickness, you’re ready to feel some relief!

Even if you have a hard time making yourself look at certain foods, eating foods that are light on the stomach can greatly improve your pregnancy nausea. So long as you avoid an empty stomach, little bland snacks like toast or crackers between mealtimes or throughout the day can ease your tummy.

Other than that, the best thing to do is drink plenty of fluids and get some good ole’ rest and relaxation!

Quality Maternity and Women’s Health Care

At RMC in Anniston, Alabama, our maternal medical care team is committed to patient safety, comfort, and guiding new parents through one of the happiest moments in life; we’re here to support you in this time—get in touch today to ask questions or make an appointment!

Implantation Cramping vs. Period Cramps

One of the lesser joys of womanhood, uterine cramping, is a nuisance you’re likely all too familiar with. As if shedding uterine lining during your menstrual cycle for a whole week, more or less, every single month isn’t enough for you already, cramps seem to make their unwelcome appearance at what feels like the worst times.

But have you heard of implantation cramps, a common sign of early pregnancy? If you haven’t—or you have, but you have a lot of questions—you’ve come to the right place!

At RMC, we cater to each milestone of women’s health and pregnancy, from conception to postnatal care. Cramps can be challenging; we get it! We know what you’re going through, and we’re here for you. Today we’re sharing the answers you’re looking for and offering advice on everything concerning cramps—read on to learn more!

What Is Implantation Cramping?

Your period usually starts six to 12 twelve after ovulation, but if a fertilized egg has already developed in the fallopian tubes, it will prepare for its journey towards implantation.

The fertilized egg will leave the fallopian tube and travel down to the uterus at this time. Then, the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall—this is when implantation occurs, which can cause a sensation called implantation cramps for many women. Implantation cramping is not something to cause worry or concern unless, of course, you didn’t expect to be pregnant or you think something is out of the ordinary.

Are Menstrual Cramps and Implantation Cramps the Same Thing?

Not quite. The main difference between implantation cramps and menstrual cycle cramping is:

  • The implantation process has to begin in the uterus wall to have implantation cramping occur.
  • Period cramps are caused by prostaglandins, which make the uterine muscles contract.
  • Simple enough, right?

Well, while some women are trying to conceive, others aren’t quite ready to start their motherhood journey, or they don’t expect to be pregnant right now. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between typical period pain and signs of pregnancy when they experience cramps and (what seems like) premenstrual symptoms.

How to Recognize Implantation Cramps vs. Menstrual Cramping

So, how do you tell the difference between types of cramping? It’s mostly based on:

  • The severity of cramps. If you experience cramping as a regular part of your periods, along with premenstrual syndrome, you’re like most menstruating women. As we’ll continue to explain, implantation cramps often feel much lighter.
  • Missed period. If you’re experiencing cramping, but you’ve missed your period, it’s often an early sign of pregnancy. To further confirm pregnancy, take a pregnancy test.
  • Bleeding. If you’re cramping and you have your usual monthly flow, it’s unlikely that you’re pregnant.
  • Other early signs of pregnancy (keep reading as we’ll explore those signs in detail!).

When Will Implantation Cramps Happen?

Not every woman will feel implantation pain, but for a typical 28-day cycle, implantation cramps will likely occur sometime between days 20 and 22. In other words, implantation cramping will make an appearance—if at all—about a week before your next period is due.

What Do Implantation Cramps Feel Like?

Implantation cramps feel similar to premenstrual cramps but as more mild cramping with prickly, tingly twinges of intermittent abdominal discomfort. Fortunately, these types of cramps tend to stick around for only two to three days during the implantation process and should fade away as you develop further into the first trimester.

Where Do Implantation Cramps Hurt?

If you’re experiencing implantation cramps, you’re likely dealing with mild cramping in the lower abdomen that feels lighter than typical period cramps.

Is Implantation Bleeding Normal?

Yes, light bleeding or lightly-colored spotting called implantation bleeding often accompanies implantation cramping. It’s not abnormal for you to have light pink, red, or brown implantation bleeding without cramping, either. During the first trimester of pregnancy—long after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining—many women continue to experience light bleeding or spotting.

Severe vaginal bleeding, however, is always a reason to check with your doctor, especially if you know it’s not just your period or you’ve been trying to conceive.

Other Implantation Signs and Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Besides implantation cramps, other signs of early pregnancy include:

  • Mood swings that can feel similar to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS);
  • Extreme tiredness and fatigue;
  • Breast tenderness and changes in the appearance or feeling of breasts or nipples;
  • Nausea or “morning sickness” (not just a morning thing);
  • Late or missed period;
  • Frequent urination, especially in the middle of the night;
  • Aversion or sensitivity to certain foods and smells.

If you’re experiencing implantation cramps or any of these other early signs, it’s time to take an at-home pregnancy test. How soon you’ll have a positive pregnancy test result depends on the levels of the pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) in your body.

Wait at least five days after your missed period before you take an at-home pregnancy test; otherwise, you’ll likely test too soon to tell and waste money on tests.

When to See a Doctor for Implantation Cramps

If you want to confirm your urine pregnancy tests taken at home or want to try and receive a positive result a little sooner, you can speak with your regular physician about a Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) blood test.

For more serious symptoms related to implantation cramping, such as these, contact your doctor immediately:

  • Heavy bleeding and severe cramping;
  • History of ectopic pregnancy or fallopian tube damage and infection;
  • Severe pain in the lower abdomen.

These symptoms and other signs can point to a miscarriage during early pregnancy. It is critical that you seek your doctor’s advice to assess the status of your pregnancy and symptoms to intervene with any concerns affecting your ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term.

How to Ease the Pain and Discomfort of Implantation Cramps

Much like period cramps, implantation cramping can have you begging for pain relief. Some things that can help to alleviate the pain include:

  • OTC pain medication, such as acetaminophen;
  • Relaxation exercises;
  • Hot and cold compresses;
  • Warm bath or shower;
  • Massage;
  • Topical lotion or cream at the external site of pain.

When you feel implantation cramps, they can have you thinking that you could just curl up in a ball until the pain passes, and that’s pretty normal. Remember to take care of your body and tend to the pain as you would with period cramping, and always talk to your doctor if you have any symptoms out of the ordinary or concerns about your pain.

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Our maternal medical care team in the Women and Children’s Pavilion has a team of specially trained OB Nurses, board-certified physicians, and top-of-the-line labor, delivery, and recovery care systems.

RMC is committed to patient safety, comfort, and guiding new parents through one of the happiest moments in life. Each milestone through prenatal to postnatal care is catered for at RMC.