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Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.


Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.


Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.
Health Tips & TopicsGeneral

Exercising While You Are Pregnant

Exercise has many benefits during pregnancy. It can help relieve aches and pains, reduce constipation, strengthen joints, improve sleep and prepare you mentally and physically for labor and delivery, and recovery.

For almost all women, exercise is safe throughout pregnancy. However, you should always discuss exercising with your doctor before you start. If your pregnancy is high-risk, including pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, early contractions, vaginal bleeding, or are at risk of miscarriage or premature birth, your doctor may advise you to limit or avoid exercise.

If your doctor has cleared you to exercise during your pregnancy, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week. Examples include walking, swimming, and aerobic dancing. You should stop exercising if you feel fatigue, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or back or pelvic pain. You should be able to talk while you are exercising.

Avoid becoming overheated by not overdoing it on hot days. Avoid exercising outside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during hot months.

Certain exercises, including contact sports, downhill skiing, and horseback riding, should be avoided because of the risk of injury. Scuba diving is not safe in pregnancy and must be avoided. Also avoid activities that include bouncing, jarring, sudden changes in direction, and risk of abdominal injury. Avoid or modify exercises done on your back such as sit-ups and some types of yoga. These exercises may be uncomfortable. They can also limit blood flow to your baby.

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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