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Yoga class 200x200For many of us, a new year means a new goal to get fit, but can you do that without bringing home a treadmill, buying that set of fitness DVDs or signing up for a gym membership?

Yes, you can because the goal is simple. Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week and this can include things like walking at a brisk pace, household cleaning, or actively playing with children.

Mother Daughter baking in kitchen 200x200The classic holiday song says “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” but we all know this can also be a stressful time. Here are some tips for a more-relaxing holiday season.

Woman with menopause and diabetesThe onset of menopause is difficult enough, but for women with type 2 diabetes it can be even more challenging. That’s because the hormonal changes that bring the symptoms of menopause can also affect your body’s ability to respond to insulin.

During the transitional years of menopause when menstrual cycles slow down but haven't stopped, the hormones estrogen and progesterone are unstable and that could have a roller coaster effect on your insulin levels. More estrogen can improve insulin sensitivity and higher levels of progesterone can cause resistance.

Gestational Diabetes 200x200The hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can bring on more than food cravings and moodiness. For some women, these can also trigger a potentially dangerous condition for mother and baby.

Gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy affects up to one in ten women. With gestational diabetes, your body has trouble managing the production of insulin and that can lead to having too much sugar in your blood.

pregnant woman timing her contractionsIt’s been nine months of pregnancy and you’re ready to have that baby, but determining when to go to the hospital can be tricky. The beginning of labor may be different for many women, but here are five signs that you might be ready to deliver.

  • You experience an increase in vaginal discharge, possibly brownish or pinkish in color.
  • The sensation of the baby dropping lower into your pelvic cavity. When this happens you may be able to breathe more freely because the weight of your baby is no longer pressing on your diaphragm.

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