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A missed period may be the first sign that you're pregnant. You'll probably want to take a home pregnancy test and if that's positive, it's time to schedule an appointment with us.  A typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period to the birth of the baby. Pregnancy is divided into three stages - the first trimester, the second trimester, and the third trimester.

pregnant exercise smThere are plenty of reasons to exercise during your pregnancy. Exercise can increase your energy, boost your mood, promote strength and endurance, help you sleep better and may improve your ability to handle labor.
 
Exercise can also help to ease common pregnancy problems like backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. And because exercising during pregnancy keeps you fit, it will make it easier for you to get back in shape after your baby is born.

STD Tested sqSexually transmitted diseases are at all-time high in America. The most recent annual figures from the Centers for Disease Control show more than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia, 400,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 24,000 cases of the most infectious forms of syphilis.

These rising numbers may be the result of more unprotected sex because of less concern about HIV, or because of the popularity of online “hook-up” apps like Tinder.  But it’s not just young people who are at-risk, because rates of STDs are rising for all age groups, including those 65 and older.

birth controlYour options for birth control are many. This can range from pills, patches, implants or IUDs to condoms, diaphragms and sponges, and more. Let’s look at the choices you have and what might be best for you.

Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections.  If you’re sexually active, a birth control implant placed under the skin of your arm offers protection for up to three years and can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It delivers a steady stream of hormones to keep the ovaries from releasing an egg and to keep the sperm from joining the egg.


breastfeed benefitsWe’ve all heard why breastfeeding is good for your baby but what’s in it for you, Mom? Here are five reasons why you should try breastfeeding:

1. It can help to shrink your belly
Breastfeeding helps your uterus return to its size before pregnancy.

2. It can help you shed that baby weight
Breastfeeding helps you burn up to 500 calories a day and that can make it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds.

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