wrapped christmas gift smWhen you're getting ready for the big day, the mother-to-be often takes a back seat to the baby when we think about gifts. The newborn is treated to everything from car seats to clothes, toys, or one of the many other products made for infants. If you have a future mom on your holiday gift list, consider some of these ideas to make her feel special, too.

Surprise her with the gift of maternity photography and include a stylist appointment. She’ll feel amazing with her hair and make-up done and ready to document this miraculous time in your lives. Speaking of photos, give her a lasting memory of baby's first pictures by custom-framing a copy of her ultrasound photo.

You can also give an ultrasound session as a gift. Northline Women's Health Center is southeast Michigan's leader in prenatal care and we offer gift certificates for a reassurance ultrasound that can include 3D images and 4D ultrasound with color and motion video. Ultrasounds are available at our Southgate and Brownstown locations.

Think about gifts that can help ease the stress of pregnancy, like a prenatal massage or a pregnancy body pillow to make sleeping easier.  Plan a “babymoon” before baby arrives to help the pregnant woman in your life relax. It can be as simple as a weekend getaway for the two of you at a local suite hotel.

You don't have to spend a lot to find a great gift for that mom-to-be. Bath salts and other bath time treats can make for a relaxing break and are affordable, too. And friends and relatives can give a “babysitting coupon.” It costs nothing but will mean so much to the new mom when she needs a break for just a few hours or a whole day after baby arrives.


woman menopause symptoms smIf the symptoms of menopause seem to have you on the ropes day and night, here are some solutions to manage the most common problems associated with “the change.”  You can start by...

Watching The Thermostat
During winter heating season, set your home’s thermostat at 65 degrees to avoid hot flashes and night sweats. If anyone else in the household complains, tell them to grab a sweater! The cooler setting is especially important when you’re trying to…

Get Better Sleep
Create a bedtime routine that includes avoiding caffeine and alcohol and don’t exercise later in the day.  Keep electronic devices off; better yet, remove them from the bedroom to avoid the urge. And leave bed if you can’t sleep. Don’t lie awake worrying about things like…

Those Hair And Skin Changes
You can see the loss of estrogen in your skin, but you can fight back by drinking more water to stay well-hydrated. And be careful not to bathe too often, as this can also aggravate the problem. More facial hair (and less on your scalp) can be treated with hormones, vitamins, electrolysis or laser.  Remember that some menopause symptoms don’t have “do-it-yourself” solutions, such as when…

Your Heart Races or Memory Fails
Always tell your doctor about heart palpitations to rule out any cardiac issues. Also talk to your doctor about loss of memory or concentration, as this could be the sign of an undiagnosed medical problem.


woman calendarIt's Nature's clockwork, and for many women their menstrual period is as predictable as counting to 28 days. But when your period is late, does it mean that you're pregnant?

After ovulation, an egg can be fertilized and implant on the wall of your uterus to begin a pregnancy. If this doesn't happen, your period occurs as your uterus cleans itself out to get ready for a new cycle for the next month. But there are many reasons besides pregnancy to account for a missed period.

healthy-30s smThe time between the ages of 30 and 39 is an important decade in the life of a woman. Many are in a committed relationship and some may be starting families, while others are already watching their children grow into teenagers. Most are trying to find the best work-life balance and major health issues can seem far off in the future.  But it's not a time to be complacent about taking good care of yourself. There are steps you can take in your 30s to ensure better health in mid-life and beyond.

1. Pump It Up For a Stronger You
It's about age 30 when we start losing muscle mass, and that makes it a good time to incorporate strength training into your exercise plan to help keep your muscles strong and functioning well. Lifting weights can also build stronger bones to combat the bone loss that comes with menopause.

2. Make Meals Match Your Metabolism
By age 30, our metabolism begins to slow down and body fat starts to accumulate more around the middle of the body. Both are good reasons to adjust your diet and realize that you probably can't eat like you did in your teens and 20s. Load up more of your plate with fruits and vegetables, and choose lean proteins and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish and nuts.

3. Take Care Of Your Skin
Sun damage can happen at any age, but some women wait until the signs of premature aging begin to show and hope that a jar of expensive cream will undo years of reckless sun worship. Make sunscreen your friend as soon as possible, and use it daily in every season to reduce the risk of skin cancer, as well as those early wrinkles.

4. Be Ready For a Shift In Fertility
By the time you reach your 30s, your body has shed nearly half of the eggs that you'll have. The shift in hormones that comes with this could cause some changes to your menstrual cycle, and uterine fibroids can become more common. Stay in touch with the changes that you're experiencing and share these with your doctor.

5. Don't Be Afraid Of Tests
The Pap test and HPV test are both a must during your 30s to ensure the best early warning for possible cancers. And keep track of your blood pressure and cholesterol readings with regular screenings that might be give you an alert to “silent” dangers like hypertension and heart disease.


woman on scaleIt's no secret that weight gain happens to many women after menopause. The loss of estrogen can slow your metabolism and make it harder to burn those calories. And your body's weight distribution can change, leading to what some call the “menopause middle.” That's bad news because belly fat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. So, what's a woman to do? Try these half-dozen steps to better weight management after menopause.

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