Are you thinking about becoming pregnant in the next year? There are some simple things you can do to start getting ready for a healthy pregnancy.Start taking a daily prenatal vitamin or a multivitamin with folate (also called folic acid). This reduces your risks for certain birth defects like spina bifida, a spinal cord formation defect. Assess your diet and make changes if necessary to avoid processed foods and have a more balanced diet with adequate servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You don’t necessarily need to diet before trying to get pregnant, but eating... Read More
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I often hear from families that the biggest adjustment to new parenthood is the sudden reduction in consecutive hours of sleep.
Babies feed every 2-3 hours around the clock for twenty-four hours a day. They don’t take nights off and rarely figure out the diurnal schedule (sleep at night, stay awake during the day) until about two months of life. There are ways to approach this frequent waking as a team approach with both partners participating, but in the early days of breastfeeding a mom also needs to empty her breasts frequently to establish and maintain her... Read More
Congratulations! You delivered your baby! You’re now holding that nearly 40-week surprise in your arms and the hospital is preparing to send you home, but your milk isn’t fully in yet, and you’re wondering what’s taking so long. You arrive home and the baby was latching fine in the hospital, but now each latch makes your eyes want to roll back in your head with a new kind of stinging pain you’ve never felt before. Your baby who was so calm and sleepy in the hospital is suddenly very loud and seems hungry. You’ve been mentally preparing for labor and delivery for months, but nobody warned... Read More
Arthritis is the inflammation of your joints that causes pain and stiffness and typically worsens with age. While there is no cure, early detection and prevention methods can help reduce symptoms and improve the quality of your life.Symptoms Pain Swelling Stiffness, especially in the morning and after extended periods of inactivity. Stiffness that lasts an hour or more may be a specific sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Reduced range of motion Common forms Arthritis. Inflammation within the joint that causes pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis. Localized joint pain from cartilage... Read More
You don't have to overexert yourself to make strides towards better wellness. If you are just starting out, or not as physically fit as you'd like to be, low-impact exercises may be a good option to get you on your feet and moving.Here are some great low-impact exercises: Walking. This can be done almost anywhere. Start with 10-15 minutes each day and gradually add time. Don't worry about speed, think consistency. Water walking. Take your regular walking routine to the pool. This is well suited for people who have painful joints or difficulty moving. You can get all of the benefits... Read More
Here are six suggestions for success as you start, continue or revamp your exercise routine in the New Year.Schedule your workout. Dedicate specific time to your wellness. It’s easy to push off exercise until next time. Schedule using your phone's calendar or preferred planner. Think of it as a regular appointment. Have a support system. Pick a partner to work out with or join a class and make friends. Expect bad days. We all have them. Stick with the program. Don’t rush. Be patient and start slow. The goal is to achieve consistent activity. Do it for you. Don’t compare your progress... Read More
A New Year, a healthier you! It’s that time of year again, time for a fresh start, a clean slate. What do you want to do for your health in the coming year? Improve your eating habits? Become more active and energized? Start thinking ahead and plan for your wellness in 2017. The best way to achieve success is to set clear and achievable goals.Think SMART S – Specific
Be clear, concise and directed.M – Measurable
Make sure that for each of your wellness goals there is a way to monitor your progress. If you can’t measure it, it’s hard to measure your success.
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Too often we see the holidays as a time of over-indulgence, which means we often abandon our healthy habits and can feel obligated to eat and drink to abundance. Hey, ‘tis the season, right? Not so fast. The holidays are hectic! It’s increasingly important to get plenty of sleep, exercise and plan your meals ahead of time so that you can make it through the season feeling satisfied, in control and stress-free.Enjoy holiday parties, while staying in control. Do not leave the house on an empty stomach. This leads to over consumption. Avoid standing near the food area. It’s easy to... Read More
Many women during the course of their pregnancy can develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of this form of diabetes does not mean that you’ve had diabetes prior to pregnancy or that you will have it after giving birth.
It is not exactly known how gestational diabetes occurs, but through research, we have some clues. You placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones produced by the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones can also inhibit the mother’s insulin in her body. She may need as much as three times the normal amount of insulin.
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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. But did you know it can be a highly curable disease if detected and treated early? Here are three ways to say familiar with your breast health:#1 — A screening mammogram
Mammograms can help detect the disease in its early, most treatable, stages. Talk with your provider about your personal risk factors before deciding when to have a mammogram.#2 — A clinical breast exam (CBE)
The physical examination of the breast done by a health care provider. Women should talk with their provider about their personal risk... Read More
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