If you’re in the process of trying to get pregnant, or if you’re already expecting a baby, one of the top things on your to-do list is to kick your smoking habit if you are a smoker. Even though the risks of smoking while pregnant have been well known for a number of years, a report issued recently by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that even with all the information and education about potential health risks, women are still reaching for cigarettes while they’re pregnant.
LifeStage: 35-45 Years
“I’m feeling really bloated today” is a thought that most women have expressed more than once. On those days where you’re having trouble zipping your jeans, you suddenly feel full after a small meal, or you’re just generally feeling sluggish, bloating might be the culprit. While it is usually not a bad thing, if you’re feeling this way consistently for more than a couple weeks, it’s time to see your doctor to figure out if there is more to it than just run of the mill bloating. While there are many simple reasons to explain it, persistent bloating is also one of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
This April, focus on understanding and educating yourself and your family about the prevalence and danger of sexually transmitted diseases. April is STD Awareness Month, and our goal is to make sure that all of our patients understand how serious STDs are and most importantly, how to protect themselves and their partners. STDs aren’t usual topics of conversation, but the fact is that many of them have been steadily on the rise in recent years, with millions of Americans affected each year.
Unbelievably, there are about 3 million women in the United States that are living with breast cancer. Breast cancer is, in fact, the most common cancer diagnosis for women. Many of us have encouraged friends or family members who have bravely fought breast cancer. It may even be a disease we fear that we will be diagnosed with one day. There are things you can begin doing today to lower your risk for breast cancer. As we uncover the risk factors of breast cancer and the lifestyle changes that need to be made in order to lower our risk, we need to pay close attention to the surprising revelations noted in a recent study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference.
This week is National Poison Prevention Week, a week dedicated to reminding you about the dangers many household items possess. You might be tempted to look past this week of awareness believing that you already have the knowledge about what items you should never ingest and consider yourself wise enough not to consume them in the first place. But if you have children, you have family members who are easily distracted by various products that you don’t think twice about. While you’re looking for your keys, your child may innocently ingest garden chemicals, cleaning products, or prescription drugs, and quickly find himself or herself in the emergency room with accidental poisoning.
We can all generally agree that nutrition is important. We may recognize that a lack of nutrients can cause us to feel sick. We may even admit that adjusting the type and amount of nutrients we consume could actually make us feel—and look—better. But too often that’s where it stops. We stop at a recognition that something needs to change in our diet. But that’s it. We rarely do something about it, and even fewer of us stick with it.
We can all generally agree that menstrual cramps are the worst. But for some women, menstrual cramps sound like a walk in the park compared to their monthly experience.
That amazing feeling you have when you wake up after a solid night of sleep is only the beginning of the benefits your body receives from restorative rest.
Women often make comments, usually in jest, about their clocks ticking. Life is passing by them by, and they’re becoming unable to meet certain milestones or accomplishments.
February is American Heart Month, a perfect opportunity to continue educating yourself on the importance of heart health and warnings signs of a heart attack.