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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.

prengant woman feeling nauseousMorning sickness is a common and manageable side effect for most pregnant women. But for a few, it’s much more intense.

You might vomit almost constantly and that can lead to dehydration and weight loss. You may also experience a rising pulse rate, excessive salivation, and a rapid heartbeat. It can also last longer than typical morning sickness for up to, and in some cases beyond, 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and it occurs in about 3% of all pregnancies. We don’t know exactly what causes HG but theories range from hormonal imbalances during pregnancy to vitamin B deficiency or even acid reflux.

baby at windowYou want everything to be perfect for the arrival of your baby and home safety is an important part of being ready. These tips will help you catch some of the common dangers that are found in many homes.

  1. Turn Down Your Water Heater Temp

To reduce the risk of accidental scalding during a bath, set your water heater to 120 degrees or install an anti-scald device to the end of the bath spout and the sink faucet.

  1. Say “Goodbye” to Crib Bumpers and Blankets

Those bumpers, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals in a baby's crib can suffocate your child. Remove them and dress your baby warmly before you put her to sleep.

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.

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