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stressedwomanFood safety is doubly important during pregnancy because you need to protect yourself and your unborn baby. That’s a challenge because it’s harder for your body to fight off certain harmful microorganisms in food and your baby's immune system is not developed enough to protect itself.

Symptoms of foodborne illness may include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, or body aches. Sometimes you may not feel sick, but you can still pass the illness to your unborn child without knowing it.

cryingbabyMost mothers will tell you about those first weeks at home with their newborn when sleep seemed like a luxury they couldn’t afford, but sleep deprivation can make the challenging job of new motherhood even harder. You need as much rest as possible and here are some strategies to maximize your sleep time.

Accept all offers for help.

Family members, friends or neighbors who want to pitch-in are a gift from the gods, whether they provide full babysitting or handle some household chores. But limit the number of visitors who want to stop by just to talk and don’t feel obligated to entertain your guests.

gestational diabetes checkup 200 x 200In your sixth month of pregnancy, you will be tested for gestational diabetes, which occurs when a pregnant woman develops high blood sugar levels. As many as one in ten pregnant women will have this condition and proper treatment is important because gestational diabetes can cause dangerously high blood pressure, premature birth or stillbirth and could increase your child’s risk for developing diabetes.

WHAT CAUSES GESTATIONAL DIABETES?
Gestational diabetes isn’t related to diabetes that you have before you’re pregnant. It’s linked to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy that can impair the action of insulin in your body and cause blood sugar levels to rise. 

new parents holding babyBeing a new parent means having lots of questions about caring for your infant and we’ve assembled a dozen of the most frequently asked questions with helpful answers.

couple talking to fertility doctor about infertilityInfertility is a tragedy for men and women who want to start a family. It’s estimated that infertility affects about 12% of couples of reproductive age including about 20% of women who wait to have their first child after age 30. The good news is that a wide range of treatments can make parenthood possible for more people.

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