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6 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is just around the corner on March 8th. International Women’s Day is a day that’s celebrated worldwide to highlight the social, cultural, political, and economic achievements of women. It’s also a time when women come together to advocate for women’s equality and gender parity. 

How You Can Celebrate International Women’s Day

We’ve come up with just a handful of ways that you can celebrate IWD this year.

1. Connect With Women In Your Network

Even if you have to do so virtually due to COVID, you can set up a zoom lunch meeting or coffee date to connect with women in your professional or personal network. You just need to take 30 minutes to an hour of time and connect. You can talk about anything that relates to being a woman in today’s world. Leadership, professional obstacles, and opportunities, personal struggles and triumphs, or anything else you want to share with other women.

2. Start a Book Club

Understanding some of the challenges faced by women around the world is an important step in advocating for gender equality. To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, consider starting a book club with your team or folks in your community that focuses on educating on women’s issues, empowerment, and achievements. 

3. Screen a Woman-Centered Movie

Representation in film has a huge impact on how audiences learn about gender norms, the issues we focus on, and the way we perceive the world. There are some great movies out there showcasing strong women and the impact they have on the world. Or look for films that are told from a woman’s point of view by finding some that are written, produced, or directed by women.

If you have a daughter, she can get in on the celebration. Try movies like  Mulan, Madeline, Alice in Wonderland, and Akeelah and the Bee. Not only are they kid-friendly, but it gives you a great opportunity to talk with your daughter about the importance the female character played in the movie and introduce her to this internationally celebrated day

4. Support Women-Owned Businesses

Supporting businesses that are owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women helps contribute to equal economic empowerment, representative products and services, and a more prosperous economy overall. Celebrate this International Women’s Day by deliberately seeking out and supporting local businesses that are women-owned. Share your challenge with your friends and encourage them to do the same! 

5. Be Inclusive

International Women’s Day is obviously a time to celebrate women. But that doesn’t mean that men and people who are outside of the gender binary shouldn’t be involved in the conversations. It’s essential that people of all gender identities are involved in the conversations and become equal advocates for gender parity. 

When you’re planning your International Women’s Day activities, ensure you invite and encourage your male friends or teammates to participate and champion gender equality together. And make sure your gender-diverse and non-binary friends and teammates are included and welcomed into the conversation about how we can promote equality for people of all gender identities. 

6. Celebrate the Amazing Women You Know

Sometimes, simple words of encouragement and love can go a long way in lifting someone up and inspiring them to keep going. Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, or friend – send a text, call, or Facetime an important woman in your life to let them know how awesome they are.

Make an Appointment at Raleigh OB/GYN

Another great way to celebrate International Women’s Day this year is to prioritize women’s health by taking care of yourself. The physicians, nurses, and medical staff at Raleigh OB/GYN offer a comprehensive list of gynecological and obstetric services to the women of the Raleigh, NC area. If you have questions or concerns about your health, call our office at (919) 876-8225 to make an appointment.

A Message from Dr. Campbell

To My Dear Patients,

It is with a great deal of sadness and a sense of regret that I inform you I am retiring and am no longer seeing patients at Raleigh OB/GYN.

This decision was the result of a very serious family accident and several personal medical issues. Part of my regret rests in the unplanned nature of these circumstances and my inability to prepare myself or inform you of a retirement planned for years hence.

It has been my privilege to practice medicine at Raleigh OB-GYN and to serve you over the past decades. I have no reservation in telling you that the current staff is the finest iteration of this practice since I joined in 1992. I trust you will continue to find excellent care with my five associates and wish you all the best that life has to offer.

Sincerely,

Joseph D. Campbell, M.D.

Exercise During Pregnancy

Whether you were physically active prior to pregnancy, or if you are interested in a healthy lifestyle change while expecting, you may have questions in regards to safe exercise during pregnancy. Here at Raleigh Ob/GYN Centre, we actually encourage pregnant women to exercise if they were physically active before they got pregnant. By exercising throughout your pregnancy, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  •         Increased energy
  •         Improved mood
  •         Improved posture
  •         Less constipation, bloating, swelling, and backaches
  •         Increased strength, muscle tone, and endurance
  •         An easier labor

Safe Exercises for Pregnant Women

Before engaging in any type of exercises while pregnant, consult your doctor. They will likely clear you for exercise if you are healthy and exercised before you got pregnant. As your stomach gets bigger, you may have to modify your workouts.

If your doctor states that it’s okay for you to exercise, you should try these pregnancy safe activities:

  • Walking: Walking is a great low-impact workout that doesn’t put any strain on your joints or muscles.
  • Swimming: Since the water supports the weight of your growing baby, swimming is an excellent exercise. It’s also easy on the joints and muscles and ideal for pregnant women with back pain.
  • Strength Training: Strength training can give you the opportunity to strengthen your bones and build muscle. Be sure your weights aren’t too heavy if you choose to strength train.
  • Yoga and Pilates Classes: There are many yoga and Pilates classes that are designed specifically for pregnant women. They can help you relax and improve your flexibility.
  • Riding a Stationary Bike: Riding a stationary bike is safer than riding a regular one during pregnancy because you are less likely to fall off it.

Exercises Pregnant Women Should Avoid

There are certain exercises that should be avoided by pregnant women. These exercises can lead to serious complications:

  • Horseback riding, skiing, skating, or any other activity that involves bouncing movements that may cause you to fall.
  • Soccer, basketball, and other sports in which you may get hit in the stomach.
  • Sit-ups and exercises that force you to lie flat on your back and can lower blood pressure and limit blood flow to your baby.
  • Hot yoga or other activities that are usually performed in extremely hot temperatures.

When Pregnant Women Should Stop Exercising

As you are exercising while pregnant, be sure to drink plenty of water and pay attention to how your body feels. If you show any of these signs, stop exercising and visit your doctor:

  •         Headaches
  •         Dizziness
  •         Chest pain
  •         Vaginal bleeding
  •         Muscle weakness
  •         Regular, painful contractions

Contact Raleigh Ob/GYN Centre

If you have any questions regarding exercise during pregnancy, we encourage you to contact us today. We wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!