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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.

Pregnancy HypertensionHigh blood pressure can occur in pregnancy because it’s estimated that one in 12 American women have hypertension. But when blood pressure readings are higher than 140/90 and this happens later in pregnancy it’s called gestational hypertension and this presents some special health risks to mother and baby.

Gestational hypertension can damage your kidneys and other organs and reduce blood flow to the placenta. That means your baby will receive less oxygen and fewer nutrients. It can also cause your baby to be born too small or too soon.

Menorrhagia 200x200It’s estimated that about one in five women suffer with menorrhagia. This is the heavy bleeding that can continue for more than seven days during a menstrual period or is so heavy that you must change a sanitary pad or tampon every few hours. Menorrhagia is a condition that affects all ages, from young women experiencing their first menstrual period to those who are approaching menopause.

Menorrhagia often occurs when a menstrual cycle does not produce an egg, leading to a hormone imbalance that can thicken the lining of the uterus and cause more menstrual bleeding. Uterine fibroids, use of a non-hormonal IUD and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can also cause this heavy bleeding.

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