Erika F. Werner

  • M.D., M.S.
  • Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Contact me for: Women & Infants Hospital offers New England's only fully integrated center for the care of women with high-risk pregnancies and their developing fetuses. A service of the divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetric and Consultative Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy brings together the expertise of a wide range of clinical specialists with extensive experience in the care of high-risk pregnancies to help ensure the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies.

Erika Werner, MD, MS, is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy and the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelors degree and also a masters degree in environmental engineering, Dr. Werner earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She returned to the University of Virginia for her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Werner's research and clinical interests include obstetrical complications of obesity, gestational diabetes, operative deliveries and preterm birth. She has also published extensively on cost effective medical practices.

Expert Articles by Erika F. Werner

Pregnancy

Avoid developing gestational diabetes to ensure a healthy pregnancy
Your risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus can be reduced by the choices you make before and during pregnancy. And if you develop GDM, you can have a successful pregnancy if you work with y...
How you should prepare for pregnancy when you have diabetes
Monitoring diabetes is even more important leading up to and during pregnancy. In order to ensure the health of you and your baby during pregnancy, you should work closely with your doctor beginning b...

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Pregnancy

Nutritional advice for you and your baby while pregnant
By achieving optimum nutritional well-being prior to and during pregnancy, you are optimizing the environment for your baby draws their nutrients, as well as maximizing your own body's ability to adap...
Hypnosis can remove stress and hormonal cravings when pregnant
Pregnancy is the journey of creation, happiness and health moving forward for a mother and her family. What a wonderful expression of health and well being when this journey is successful and health, ...
Successfully treat postpartum depression after having a baby
Being depressed does not mean you are a bad parent. However, it is a sign that something chemical or situational may be going on. There is help out there. You deserve to enjoy being a parent, and your...
Your wife needs your support to help her beat postpartum disorder
Postpartum disorders are serious business. Men often feel helpless when they can’t fix their partners mood. However, you are being a great husband by supporting her in these other ways mentioned. Do...
Prevention and treatment for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders
Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can overwhelm women both during pregnancy and after having a baby. We call these Perinatal Mood Disorders (PPMDs).If you are a pregnant or postpartum woma...
Cope with the loss of a baby after having a miscarriage
The loss of a baby can also mean the loss of a dream. Your journey will be individual and different from someone else that you may know. It’s important to give yourself time for that journey, and st...
Help surviving a summer pregnancy and staying cool in the heat
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers. Although the summer heat and humidity can make you uncomfortable, it’s still possible to enjoy and survive the summertime while pregnant. By know...
Have a healthy baby and pregnancy with this expert advice
When planning the arrival of your newborn, you want to do everything you can to ensure a healthy baby and pregnancy. With so many tips and decisions associated with pregnancy, it’s easy to feel over...
Holistically treat post-pregnancy nutritional deficiencies
The more pregnancies a woman has had, the more likely she is to suffer afterward with physical and “mental” ailments due to nutritional deficiencies. These symptoms may occur soon after the pregna...
Control the risk factors of autism and ADHD prior to pregnancy
With the prevalence of autism and ADHD increasing, most people know someone with a child affected by these disorders. The good news is that researchers are studying autism and ADHD, and they are learn...
Collect and store cord blood to protect your newborn's future health
When it comes to your child’s health, it’s important to have options to ensure he or she will grow up to be strong and healthy. Cord blood banking can provide you and your family with reassurance ...
Treat common pregnancy ailments at the first sign of discomfort
Pregnancy can bring its own set of challenges before you meet your new bundle of joy at the end of a long nine (technically, ten!) month waiting period. Don’t be afraid to speak up and talk with you...
Reduce and treat pregnancy swelling in your feet and ankles
After your baby arrives the swelling should subside. Your body will shed the excess fluid throughout the first few days, mostly through urination. If you are concerned about your swelling or have any ...
An online baby registry is a great way to get the gifts you want
The best way to avoid unwanted gifts and those that you will need to return is to create an online registry. No longer restricted to weddings and baby showers, online gift registries have become commo...
Avoid developing gestational diabetes to ensure a healthy pregnancy
Your risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus can be reduced by the choices you make before and during pregnancy. And if you develop GDM, you can have a successful pregnancy if you work with y...
How you should prepare for pregnancy when you have diabetes
Monitoring diabetes is even more important leading up to and during pregnancy. In order to ensure the health of you and your baby during pregnancy, you should work closely with your doctor beginning b...
Exercising while you are pregnant is healthy for you and your baby
Exercise during pregnancy is important for many reasons, including reducing your risk of excess weight gain and gestational diabetes, preparing your body for labor, and helping with returning to your ...
Varicose veins can be prevented during and after pregnancy
Varicose veins are common for women to develop during pregnancy. By following this advice you can prevent and deal with varicose veins. It is important to remember to keep your blood flowing, exercise...
How to recover after experiencing a traumatic birth
Having a baby rarely goes as planned, and sometimes, things that are completely out of your control happen, which can cause a lot of emotion, and sometimes lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Usin...
Reduce the worry, anxiety, and stress experienced during pregnancy
Preparing for the birth of a baby can bring up all sorts of complicated and exciting feelings. It is often a time of stress, but can also be a time of profound introspection and contemplation. If the ...
Adjusting to life after having a baby and coping with postpartum
The birth of a first child is a wonderful experience that brings with it much stress. This article attempts to explore ways the new mom can learn to accept that which she does not yet know, and the mi...

Nutrition

Eating at the right time during the day affects your overall health
Eating right is about so much more than just what you put in your mouth. Eating the majority of your day’s calories in the first part of the day not only more natural for your system, but it is also...
Maintain a healthy voice for singing, speaking, and vocal health
The best news about following this simple advice for maintaining a healthy voice is the positive benefits it can have on your overall health. Being hydrated, getting enough rest, and keeping a consist...
Healthy choices to reduce toxins and exposure to harmful chemicals
The social tide is changing and many more individuals are conscious about the impact that toxins present in our everyday lives have on our health. To minimize our exposure it may require significant s...
Stay healthy and eat nutritiously in a high pressure desk job
Use these tips to help you get through your busy day with more energy and less stress. Here’s to many vacation days and a big raise!...
Enhance your quality of life with proper exercise and nutrition
Consistent exercise and a balanced nutrition program are necessary for all people, for their entire live to help defy the aging process. Our body is like a battery; the only way to naturally recharge ...
Detoxify and cleanse your body to lose weight and become healthier
A detoxification and cleanse diet might take some getting used to, but sticking with it has many positives. You will find you have more energy, improved sleep, better digestion, clearer, bright skin, ...
A plant based diet is a great way to enhance your overall health
The most perfect diet we have available to us that improves vitality, decreases risk for chronic disease, and enhances energy is a whole food, plant-based diet. When transitioning to eating this way, ...
Plant-based dietician's food guide pyramid
Living healthy means watching your diet and consistent exercise
Healthy living does not need to drastically alter how you live your life. By just implementing healthier food choices, physical activity, daily relaxation exercises, getting the restorative sleep your...
Healthy snacking can help maintain metabolic and overall health
It is a great idea to choose snacks wisely. But many foods that seem to be of a great nutritional value, are not. Bran muffins and cereal bars can be packed with unhealthy fats and added sugar. Fat-fr...
Incorporate dried chickpeas into a balanced diet
Chickpeas are a welcome addition to any kitchen. After properly preparing and cooking chickpeas, these tender, flavorful legumes can be embraced into a variety of dishes to add a nutritional punch whi...
Advice on maintaining a healthy digestive system
While it may seem difficult to maintain, good digestive health can be achieved by following a few simple rules, such as incorporating healthy foods like a nonfat or lowfat yogurt with probiotics into ...
Difficulty swallowing pills or vitamins? Follow this advice
Swallowing your medication doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though for some people it is. Take comfort in knowing that patience and practice can be key to learning how, but there are thankfully o...
Before buying dietary supplements, follow this advice
Dietary supplements have become very popular in recent years as consumers have become more interested in leading healthier lives. Looking for certified supplements takes the guesswork out of choosing ...
Incorporating wheatgrass into your diet has many health benefits
Wheatgrass is a tender green powerhouse full of nutrients that can be easily incorporated into any diet. While disease claims in the media are not strongly supported by scientific studies, consuming w...
Pack healthy snacks for a work conference or long meeting
Long conferences and meetings don’t have to mean dietary sacrifices. Whole food snacks can be easy to make with a little preparation, and the benefits are significant. Not only do natural snacks pro...
Reduce advanced glycation end-products to slow aging and prevent degenerative diseases
Eating and living well can stop the progression, and in many cases, reverse the damage of AGEs. And through simple things like avoiding processed, overcooked, caramelized, high-sugar and high-fat food...
Create a simple menu plan that’s healthy for you and your family
Having a healthy and simple menu plan for you and your family can make mealtime a breeze. It not only keeps your budget in check, it reduces food waste and time spent at the grocery store. And, don’...
Energy drinks are not sodas or sports drinks: Consume carefully
If you choose to consume energy drinks, carefully read labels and thoroughly research the contents. Understand that these products are not like other beverages, but rather are considered dietary suppl...
Multivitamins and nutritional supplements: What you need to know
This is not the first time we have seen a study or opinion attacking nutritional supplements, and there are countless studies and evidence to counter each assertion. The fact is simple: premium supple...
Restore neurotransmitter function with brain healthy foods
Neurotransmitter deficiency is very common - 80% of people in the US suffer from low serotonin. Proper brain nutrition can correct these deficiencies even more effectively than an antidepressant. Ther...
Spring detoxification can help reduce toxins and lose weight
Springtime detoxification for body and mind is a great way to shed off the extra weight gained over the wintertime, recharge one’s energy levels, clear one’s mind, lose weight, gain beautiful glow...
Mothers can eat to cultivate well-being, self-love and gratitude
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., (founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) says that mindfulness is abou...
How to start a plant based diet for more energy and vitality
Embarking on a plant based nutrition plan will up your energy and your spirits. Remember to keep it simple, try a few new recipes at a time, and to use some of the many resources out there for recipes...
How to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet with ease
Your dietary life and relationship with food is meant to bring you vibrant health, balance and energy. Choosing a plant-based diet brings lots of fresh foods into your life. It also brings more awaren...
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet starts with smart shopping
Healthy food shopping is closely tied to time management, developing strategies, research, and common sense. It just takes practice! And truly, it’s a lifestyle. Shop for health, not for speed. Even...
Minority communities can combat obesity-related health crisis
As a cardiologist, I have seen firsthand the importance of maintaining one’s health, and it all starts with small steps. While it can seem difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle with time and bud...
Hire a nutrition counselor to help you obtain your dietary goals
Once you embark on a nutrition counseling program, you will discover how food is related to so many elements of your life and the challenges have just as much to do with lifestyle as they do with food...

Menstruation

Nutritional advice for women to overcome symptoms of PMS
Now that you have a better understanding of how your eating habits can affect your wellbeing, do consider that nutrition is your health foundation for balanced hormones. Choose wisely - start by creat...
Expert advice for reducing and treating premenstrual symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome affects almost all women at some time during their childbearing years. Simple dietary changes, incorporation of a good high quality multivitamin, stress reduction techniques and ...
Yoga can help alleviate cramps, fatigue, and other menstrual pains
No matter what symptoms you suffer from during menstruation, chances are, yoga can help soothe them. Developed over thousands of years, yoga poses and postures are excellent for curing the not-so-grea...
Be proactive in identifying and managing endometriosis
Identifying and managing endometriosis may be a challenging and overwhelming process, but fortunately, there are a number of treatments and medications available that can help you return to living you...

Anxiety and Stress

Reduce and manage stress at work and at home to enjoy life more
Work stress is part of work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learning how to manage stress is a challenge and sometimes may feel like too much work, but if you are able to take small steps t...
Reduce stress and anxiety by unleashing your happy hormones
If you find yourself exhausted, overwhelmed, up and down and about to meltdown, its time to stop being stressed and depressed and learn how to unleash your happy hormones.You could be one of the 40 mi...
Manage and reduce stress by turning negative thoughts into positives
With a world filled with stress and us exposed to it at almost every turn, it can seem overwhelming. But these techniques can allow you to decrease your response to that stress and put yourself back i...
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Practicing meditation can help you greatly reduce and manage stress
Above all, enjoy your meditation.Meditation is about you experiencing peace, joy, love, relaxation and more. So relax and have fun. Allow yourself the freedom to discovery your way of meditating. Who ...
Energy EFT and Emotrance can help your body heal from trauma
Energy EFT and Emo-Trance finally help solve problems in life that until now have been confusing and frustrating. With a little bit of help and dedication, you can help your body’s energy heal from ...
Manage your emotions to help you with stress, anxiety, and depression
Taking control of your mental health begins with recognizing what comprises a healthy emotional state and how to maintain it. During any transition, it is vital for students to obtain a healthy mental...
Expert advice for holistically reducing anxiety and learning to cope
Life is a skill that must constantly be developed and adapted with mindful and dedicated attention. To that end, individuals can certainly learn to employ a number of strategies and cultivate certain ...
Hidden stressors to be aware of to help you reduce anxiety and stress
Stress is one of the leading killers in the United States and given our fast paced lifestyle this is not likely to ever change. One area where stress impacts us is its affect on our blood sugar, which...
Holistically uplift your mental state, reduce stress, and enjoy life
Let’s begin to minimize our stress and achieve a clear mind. Try the above tips and remember, a stable mind is the key to total wellness....
Manage and control stress by learning coping techniques
Stress is an intrinsic part of our busy and overscheduled lives. It’s something unavoidable and we all face a certain amount on a daily basis. The amount of stress and how it manifests both physical...
Expert advice for understanding and treating your anxiety disorder
A very important do and don’t for anyone diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is reading all the information available online. There is a lot of great information about anxiety disorders on the intern...
Confront and overcome your fears and phobias with this expert advice
Fear is something that we all live with in some form or fashion. And, despite how real and scary it can feel, it is actually just an illusion we create in our own minds. The good news is we can work o...
Holistically reduce anxiety by instilling a healthy lifestyle
Anxiety affects an overwhelming amount of Americans. While some anxiety and stress can help to optimize your potential, unrelenting anxiety and stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being....
Hypnosis is a great way to help you overcome your fears
Like every kind of treatment, hypnosis doesn’t have a perfect success rate, and it’s not for absolutely everyone. But it can be highly effective for treating fears and phobias. Just make sure you ...
Stress relief advice to help you chill out and enjoy life
Life is not a race, so why rush? Slow down and your stress levels will drop significantly.Many people get so caught up in the stresses of everyday life that they accept that there is nothing they can ...
What you need to know about understanding and overcoming anxiety
Anxiety can easily make us feel trapped and disempowered. However, it is really not the emotion that keeps us stuck, but the ways we approach it. We either start frantically looking for potential dang...
Defeat anxiety by healing past memories and empowering yourself
There are many ways that you can change your thinking when you feel anxious. Apply the techniques and you not only can eliminate anxiety, but you will feel empowered that you can control your thinking...
Overcome your fear of flying when nothing else seems to help
Fear of flying can be overcome. But if the things you have tried have not worked for you, that doesn’t mean you are hopeless. It only means the things you tried were inadequate. ...
Naturally manage stress and anxiety during the holiday season
Adding even just a few of these tips will help you manage stress, reduce anxiety, and enjoy the holiday season more fully! Be sure to breathe, exercise, and not overcommit yourself to too many things....
Talk to a therapist to help manage and overcome your anxiety
Anxiety can be at its worst, debilitating, and at its best, annoying. It is also very common among people for a variety of reasons. If you feel anxious, do not be embarrassed or too stubborn to get he...
Reduce your holiday stress and enjoy the season
By following these steps during Christmas and New Year’s, this time of year can really be an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Make the decision that this year you’re going t...
Take charge and reduce stress on a daily basis with this advice
Simple, yet powerful, reminders of the heavy loads of life that we carry around with us each day, and that all too often we simply accept rather than address, is helpful in learning how to manage your...
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) helps treat PTSD
EMDR is a comprehensive treatment approach that incorporates components of a number of different psychotherapies. It proposes that a traumatic event can be so overwhelming that it freezes the informat...
Simple tips to help manage anxiety and stay in control
Be encouraged and enthusiastic! You are not alone and many understand and empathize with your plight and the very real ramifications it can have in one’s life, including damaging relationships in so...
Meditative techniques throughout your workday can reduce stress
Calming the nervous system by engaging the parasympathetic response, lowers stress hormones, signals to the brain that it is ok to relax, and allows the body and mind to start functioning at a more op...
Control your emotions and reduce anxiety without therapy
This article teaches you basic ways to stop feeling the way you do not want to feel. It also helps you to accept your thoughts as they are, so that you are able to move past them, control your emotion...

Fertility

Expert advice when your having a hard time getting pregnant
The journey of conceiving can be way more difficult than you ever imagined it could be. And while much of it is not within your control, this article highlights some ways that you can take back a semb...
Low sperm count? Consider IVF to improve chances of conception
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, it may be that the male is experiencing sperm problems either with their sperm count, motility, progression, or morphology. Because of the great ...
Reduce toxins and increase fertility and chances to conceive
In summary, it is important to be in the best health possible to maximize your chances for conception, and for a healthy baby. Many simple factors are often overlooked that are important for fertility...
Get pregnant faster: Advice for boosting your chances of conceiving
You’re not alone. If you have questions about conceiving, talk to your doctor – whether it’s your regular OB-GYN or a fertility specialist, they are the best sources for accurate information abo...
How to protect your fertility after a cancer diagnosis
Any reproductive age patient receiving chemotherapy or radiation is at risk for reduced fertility. Asking your doctor about options and seeking a consult with a fertility preservation expert can help ...
Considering In Vitro Fertilization? How to pay for IVF costs
Even if IVF costs seem daunting at first, be assured you have many options to help you pay for your fertility treatment. You may be lucky and have insurance coverage for IVF costs. But even if not, yo...
A healthy and balanced diet can have a great impact on fertility
Women and men trying to conceive a child would benefit from eating a healthy and varied diet coupled with moderate exercise. It is best to avoid alcohol, smoking, drug use, and excessive caffeine. Fer...
Having a baby: What you should know when trying to conceive
Following these tips can increase your chances of pregnancy, and remove some of the uncertainty that can arise when trying. While there can be a lot to keep in mind, don’t let the details bog you do...
Couples can make conception more successful and less stressful
Trying to get pregnant can seem like a laborious and lengthy process. Educate yourself, know the facts and recognize when to get help. There are many available resources to help make this process less...
Endometriosis can affect fertility. Here’s how to get help
With proper diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of endometriosis can be greatly lessened and fertility improved. If you feel as if you are experiencing severe pain during your menstrual cycles, then...

Diabetes

Healthy weight loss for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Form a team, a support system, and make yourself accountable for not just some weight loss or diabetes diet program but for your life, your quality of life, your length of life, your life for your lov...
Exercise helps blood glucose levels for diabetics
Working out isn’t just a proven and accepted method to stave off diabetes, it is also essential to the health maintenance of any type 1 or type 2 diabetic. Both cardio and weight training have shown...
Manage diabetes in your child and help them stay healthy
Diabetes increases the risk of many serious long-term health issues like vision, foot and skin complications, kidney and nerve problems, and high blood pressure. The good news is with appropriate mana...
Expert advice on preventing type 2 diabetes and staying healthy
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is the key to preventing type 2 diabetes and its associated health problems. Focus on being more active on a daily basis (and moving more all day long), eating plenty of...
Eat healthy when you have type 2 diabetes
Managing the way you eat can be very challenging. It is great to cook diabetes-friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to look diabetes-friendly recipes, get questions to ask your he...
The power of planning your diet to minimize the impact of diabetes
With the exception of insulin for people with type 1 diabetes, nothing affects the course of diabetes in your life more than food. But, adopting a healthy eating plan is easier than you may think. See...
Advice for preventing falls at any age even when you have diabetes
By keeping yourself healthy, strong, stable, and physically active by doing daily exercise, you can greatly reduce your risk of falling or getting injured when you do fall down. Definitely keep yourse...
Type 2 diabetes: Improve your health and overall attitude
Be proactive regarding your diabetes. Do not be afraid to approach your doctor with any medical questions you have regarding symptoms, the disease or prevention steps you can take. Remember that the m...
Choose the right insulin pump case to help manage diabetes
Your personal preferences are directly related to how to wear your insulin pump. If you are a person that wishes to show off your pump there are all kinds of fashion insulin pump cases, you can even g...
Eat nutritiously during the holidays with type 2 diabetes
About 26 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 90 percent of those with diabetes have type 2. For people with type 2 diabetes, maintaining good nutrition and managing blood sugar can be a cha...
Protect and improve your eyes when you have diabetes
Get your eyes checked regularly to detect any early symptoms of diabetes, stick to a healthy diet, look into alternative therapies before rushing into surgeries, such as homeopathy and/or chelation th...
Advice for getting a full night’s rest when wearing an insulin pump
If you allow yourself the ability to just relax and keep with your normal routine as much as possible, you will see that the pump starts to become a part of you. With the many options out there availa...
Diabetes and eating disorders: A common threat
Type 1 diabetes is among the most challenging diseases we face today. Eating disorders are perhaps the most challenging psychiatric disorders and have the highest mortality rate of any disorder. Taken...
Reduce the risk of serious complications when living with diabetes
Diabetes is a progressive disease that if left uncontrolled can lead to complications such as blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart disease, and stroke. With proper management, the risk of these...
Choose the right diabetes insulin pump for your child to wear
Choosing an insulin pump is a process, but with good information and talking to the experts you can make a well informed decision for your child. Having your child included while pump educators talk a...
How diabetics and pre-diabetics can avoid and treat neuropathy
Avoiding or easing neuropathy is all about taking care of your body, whether you have diabetes or not. Maximizing your circulation, eating right, exercising, and practicing proper hygiene are all step...
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