High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: Signs and Risks

It’s very important to go to all of your prenatal appointments while you’re pregnant. Among many things that your doctor checks during each appointment is high blood pressure. High blood pressure during pregnancy doesn’t usually cause symptoms or signal any issues, but it can be harmful to both … [Read more...]

The Importance of Exercising During Menopause

We all know that exercise is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that exercise during menopause is especially important for women? How Does Exercise Help Women During Menopause? During menopause, many women experience depression, weight gain and loss of muscle mass. Exercise can … [Read more...]

Can STIs Cause Infertility?

Did you know that one of the leading causes of preventable infertility is STIs? Undetected chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility. Chlamydia and gonorrhea cause at least 24,000 cases of preventable infertility every year. STI … [Read more...]

Can Mindfulness Help in Childbirth?

Fear of childbirth is common for many first-time mothers. This fear erodes a pregnant woman’s confidence and has been proven to result in a more difficult labor, harder delivery outcomes and an increase in postpartum depression. A recent study completed by researchers at the University of … [Read more...]

Uterine Fibroids: Symptoms and Treatment Options

Uterine fibroids are extremely common in women. One study estimates that 70% of white women and 80-90% of black women will develop uterine fibroids at some point in their lives. Luckily, only about 30% of those women experience symptoms. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the … [Read more...]

Are You Producing Enough Breast Milk for Your Baby?

Approximately 35% of mothers who stop breastfeeding early report insufficient milk supply as the main reason. Infant cues are difficult to read, and it can be hard to know if your baby is getting the milk he or she needs to be healthy, especially during the first few sleep-deprived months as a new … [Read more...]

The Mystery of Mother’s Breast Milk

Breast milk is a baby’s first food, so shouldn’t we know what’s in it? Surprisingly, we don’t know as much as we probably should. We know more about the contents of wine, coffee and tomatoes than we do about breast milk. For example, we only recently discovered that when a baby’s saliva is … [Read more...]

Comforting Words For Mothers Who Have Miscarried

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook page in 2015 that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were expecting their first child together. In that same post he revealed that along the way they had suffered three miscarriages. He wrote: You feel so hopeful when you learn you're … [Read more...]

Miscarriage: How Long Does It Take to Recover Physically and Emotionally?

Miscarriage is a tragic event for any woman and can bring with it a host of different physical and emotional effects. The most important part of the recovery process is giving yourself and your body patience and time, but here are some other important things to know about the physical and … [Read more...]

The 24-Hour Rule: Why Timing is Important in Baby Delivery After Your Water Breaks

If you’ve had a child in the past or are currently pregnant with your first, you’ve probably been told this: delivering a baby more than 24 hours after your water breaks can be dangerous for both mother and child. Whether or not this is true in all circumstances depends on who you ask. Most … [Read more...]