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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Community HEALTH BEAT
Quality Healthcare Close To Home
170 Ford Road, John Day • 541-575-1311 • www.bluemountainhospital.org
By Raffaella Betza, MD
When you’re pregnant, people will come out of the woodwork to tell you what to do. When it comes right down to it, a lot
of what we tell pregnant women they should or shouldn’t do when they’re pregnant is pure baloney!**
First, let’s start with a list of things that are NOT safe:
Eagle file photo
Starting the “strut” portion of a previous Strut, Stride,
Straddle and Stroll event east of John Day are, from
left, Nathan Wunz, Lydia Wunz, Julie Proctor with her
dog Indy and Karla Colson. The event is scheduled for
Saturday, May 6, this year.
The deadline for What’s Happening items is 5 p.m. Fri-
day. Call the Eagle, 541-575-0710, or email editor@bmeagle.
com. For meetings this week, see our list in the classifieds on
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
Rock and Gem Club meeting
• 6:30 p.m., Dayville School Cafeteria
People of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend the
meeting and are asked to bring a favorite find to “show and
tell.” The meeting will begin with organizational items, and
meeting dates and locations will be set. Snacks and punch
will be provided. For more information, email Dayvil-
leRocks@gmail.com, or call Gena at 541-987-2410 or Lori
SATURDAY, MAY 6
Strut, Stride, Straddle and Stroll
• 7 a.m. meet at Blue Mountain Hospital, John Day
Ride a bike from Prairie City, run or walk from Pine Creek
or Dog Creek roads or stroll from Seventh Street Complex
back to the hospital. Preregister at Blue Mountain Hospice,
or register at the hospital parking lot the morning of the race.
Many prizes will be awarded, including youngest and old-
est participant, largest family and largest business, and all
participating kids receive a gift. Four buses will take partic-
ipants to their starting point. The registration fee is $20 for
adults, $15 for children ages 6-18, free for kids 5 and under
who are with an adult and $50 for immediate family groups
with maximum of six members. For more information, call
Jozie Rude’s Down Under Golf Scramble
• 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. tee off, John Day Golf Club
The event will support Grant Union junior Jozie Rude’s
summer trip to Australia, where she will compete in the
Down Under Sports track and field meet. The entry fee is
$40 for an individual, which includes green fees and cart, or
$150 for a four-person team. The tournament will be played
with four-person teams, and those without a team will be
placed with others. Family and friends are invited to a
by-donation hamburger feed following the game. There will
also be desserts, gift baskets and other items for auction. For
more information, contact Janet Rude at 541-575-0306 or
Aimee Rude at 541-206-2421.
• ALCOHOL. ALL official recommendations advise complete abstinence from alcohol when pregnant because alcohol is a
known teratogen (that’s a substance that can harm a developing baby in the womb). Having said that, we all know that a
half a glass of wine at a wedding is unlikely to be harmful and that heavy drinking when pregnant WILL cause devastating
problems. No one really knows where to draw the line, so the official advice is to avoid it all together.
• TOBACCO. Don’t do it. This one is clear-cut. Smoking in pregnancy causes premature deliveries, low birth weight deliveries,
and cleft lip and palate problems. Quitting smoking is hard and if it was easy no one would smoke so if you are pregnant
and need to quit get help from your doctor.
• MARIJUANA. Hey, it’s legal right? Yes it is, but it doesn’t seem like it’s safe in pregnancy. Based on the best available
research, heavy marijuana use is linked with preterm birth. It is likely also associated with low birth weight babies but that is
still unclear. Based on this, it’s best to avoid it all together.
• OPIATES. Opiates are medications like Oxycodone and Percocet as well as street drugs like heroin. Opiate withdrawal is
actually harmful to developing babies, as is heavy opiate use. Pregnant women who are addicted to opiates are advised to
seek medical help and will be started on an opiate replacement medication like methadone or buprenorphine to keep their
opiate use to safe levels during pregnancy without exposing their babies to the risks of opiate withdrawal. If you or
someone you know is pregnant and addicted to opiates please encourage them to get help. No one should judge a
pregnant woman for trying to be healthy.
• DELI MEATS. Deli meats can be contaminated with listeria. Listeria is a bacteria that’s just about everywhere in the food
supply but most large outbreaks have been linked to deli meats, meat/fish spreads like pate, smoked fish, un-pasteurized
dairy, and soft cheeses. When a healthy non-pregnant person eats listeria chances are they won’t experience anything at all;
at worst they may feel a little off for a day or two. When a pregnant person comes in to contact with listeria she will run a
fever for a little while but her baby could die; this is especially true in the third trimester when the baby is almost ready to
be born. Interestingly, most recent listeria outbreaks have been associated with unwashed fruits and veggies like bagged
salads. The outcomes of listeria in pregnancy are rare but tragic, so I do think it’s reasonable to avoid those foods and wash
all fruits and veggies before eating.
• HOT TUBS. This is sort of in the middle. Extreme rises in body temperature early in pregnancy are associated with birth
defects and miscarriages. A little bit of time in a hot tub won’t raise your body temperature enough to cause problems. At
this point, pretty much everyone admits that spending about 20min in a hot tub AFTER the first trimester is safe.
• CAT LITTER. Good news ladies: when you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t change the litter box! That’s because cat feces contains
toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can be very dangerous for a baby in the womb. Toxo is also in raw beef, so that’s also off
limits. Petting your cat and gardening are totally fine.
Now, let’s talk about some things that are SAFE in pregnancy:
• CAFFEINE. Everyone repeat after me: caffeine is safe in pregnancy. When you give mega doses of caffeine to pregnant mice,
their babies can have low birth weight. Definition of mega dose: the human equivalent of more than 10 cups per day! So
just ignore the haters and enjoy a couple of cups of coffee or tea every day because it’s totally safe.
• DIET SODA. Saccharine does cross the placenta but we haven’t been able to determine that it does anything bad to
developing babies, not even in mice. In any event, most diet sodas today are flavored with aspartame and that’s considered
• EXERCISE. YES! Get moving – delivering a baby is the ultimate cardio and strength workout so it’s best to be ready.
Pregnancy is probably not the time to train for that marathon you’ve always wanted to do but keeping up with your usual
exercise levels is a great way to stay sane and have a healthy pregnancy.
• SEX: go for it. Unless you’re having problems with preterm labor or early cervical dilation, sex is fine as long as you are
• SUSHI: maybe this isn’t so much an issue here in Grant County***, but the sushi recommendation is one that’s a lot of
hogwash. Pregnant women are advised to avoid sushi because they can get sick, especially from a parasite that’s pretty
common in wild pacific salmon called ‘diphyllobothrium.’ However all sushi grade fish in the US (and Japan for that matter)
is flash frozen before serving, which kills these parasites. Get your sushi from a reputable place and you should be fine. If
you do get sick, the medications that can treat this rare illness are safe in pregnancy. On top of all that, Japanese women
have been enjoying sushi while pregnant for centuries.
• While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about mercury in fish. Mercury in large amounts can hurt a developing baby in the
womb. Best to avoid shark, swordfish, tuna steaks, and king mackerel all together in pregnancy. Other sources of fish
should be kept to about 12oz weekly. Overall, fish is a really healthy lean protein source that’s full of good fats, so fish
should be a part of a healthy pregnancy diet.
This list is not supposed to substitute for real medical advice from your doctor. Also, this list is not comprehensive. There are
some unsafe things that are not on this list because it’s impossible to come up with a list of every single thing that is unsafe in
pregnancy and there are some myths that I didn’t debunk for the sake of space (like seatbelts, please wear your seatbelt
when pregnant). The reason I wrote this article is because too often the answer pregnant women get when they ask if they
can do something when pregnant is, ‘Um, I don’t know but don’t do it just in case.’ We deserve better. If you’re wondering
about any particular activity, do some reading and ask your doctor: that’s always the best way to go.
**Baloney is a deli meat and should not be eaten in pregnancy.
***Anyone thinking about opening a sushi restaurant in Grant County would be most welcome and I promise to eat at your
Kaylee Wright’s Down Under Car Wash
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Les Schwab Tire Center, John Day
Kaylee Wright, Grant Union sophomore, will host a car
wash fundraiser to support her trip to Australia this summer
where she will compete in the Down Under Sports track and
field meet. The fundraiser has no set fee and is by donation
Geology ﬁ eld trip
• 10 a.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Canyon City
A geology field trip will meet in Canyon City, determine
carpools and head out to see outcrops along Highway 395
and County Road 65 toward Wickiup Campground. For the
second half of the day, the group will come back through
town, then drive east on Highway 26 to see outcrops at Dixie
pass. The field trip is expected to conclude at about 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Forest Service geologist Han-
nah Grist at 541-575-3346.
MONDAY, MAY 8
Swim team registration
• 5:30-7 p.m., Seventh Street Complex, John Day
Registration will be held for the swim team. For informa-
tion, call Heather at 541-390-5790.
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Back to the Woods
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chester’s Thriftway, Les Schwab and
Leather’s parking lots
Logging equipment, fire engines, Smokey Bear and a
peregrine falcon will be featured in this community celebra-
tion of collaborative work occurring in the forest, sponsored
by Blue Mountains Forest Partners and the Malheur Nation-
al Forest. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until food runs out.
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sisters, Lola and Ileta. Marilyn and her family
moved to Bates, Oregon, when Marilyn was a
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Marilyn married Vern Randall on September 27,
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Jimmy and Ricky. They raised their children in
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was a stay at home mom.
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