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Food Cravings 200x200Food cravings during pregnancy are a real thing, even if science can’t fully explain why you’d want to devour a whole jar of pickles in one sitting. Studies have shown a pattern in what kinds of foods pregnant women crave and when. The first trimester often brings savory food cravings and the second trimester is sweet foods. By the third trimester, many moms-to-be are in the mood for salty foods.

Of course, your cravings could be all of these at any time. Indulging in a food craving can feel good but too much of a good thing may not be great for your health or your baby’s, especially if the food you crave is high in sodium, fat or calories.

Working Mom with SonYou work and your child is in daycare or with a babysitter – is that something to feel guilty about? Lots of women experience what’s called “mom guilt.” In a Pew Research Center survey about 40% of working moms said they regret not spending enough time with their children.

Guilt can be nature’s way of saying you’ve made a bad choice, but is guilt about being a working mother mean that you’re a bad mom?

Cord Blood Awareness MonthImagine having a way to treat and cure blood disorders, immune deficiencies, metabolic diseases and even some cancers and then throwing it away. This is happening every day with cord blood.

The blood left over in the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born has special cells that can be used to treat and even cure some serious diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages the collection and storage of cord blood. But how do you do this?

First, you need to tell your OB/GYN that you want to save the cord blood before you deliver your baby. Saving cord blood is completely safe for the baby and doesn’t affect labor or delivery. Then you need to decide what to do with it.

Woman with adbominal pain 200x133You’re having trouble getting pregnant. Periods are irregular and you’re struggling to lose weight. Maybe you have persistent acne and hair where you don’t want it, like on your face.

These could be warning signs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It’s estimated that up to 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 have PCOS, which is one of the most common causes of infertility in women.

PCOS is caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones that creates problems in the ovaries. It can lead to development of ovarian cysts and the egg may not develop properly or may not be released during ovulation as it should be.

Herbal Supplements 200x149Herbal supplements are used by some 50 million Americans but if you’re pregnant you might not want to be among them.

A review of 74 studies published in the May 2019 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that some herbal remedies, like almond oil for skin, eating black licorice candy or taking raspberry leaf orally have been associated with increased risks of pregnancy complications like preterm birth and cesarean delivery.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax