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working when pregnantA mom-to-be can have a lot to consider when deciding the right time to stop working before the baby arrives. These days, more pregnant women are working right up until a few days, or even a few hours, before they go into labor. Often, that decision is based on economic factors, like how much paid maternity leave you will have.

There's no single answer to the question, “When should I stop working?” but there are health guidelines that can help you plan for your maternity leave. Be sure you discuss the factors related to your work and your pregnancy with your healthcare provider.

HAP DoctorAttention Health Alliance Plan (HAP) members in Monroe County – if your doctor or hospital no longer accepts HAP, come to Northline Women's Health Center for complete women's health care.

We accept most HAP plans and our convenient office at the Henry Ford Health Center Brownstown on West Road in Brownstown Township is just minutes from where you are.

Let our experienced team of physicians and nurse practitioners provide gynecological care for all phases of your life, and pregnancy care with delivery at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, a winner of the 2015 “America’s 100 Best Hospitals” Award from Healthgrades®.

Request an appointment online or call (734) 362-7000 and let Northline Women's Health Center serve you.

 

menopause and puberty collideAs more women delay parenthood until their mid-30s or later, a phenomenon had developed in many households – the clash of hormones when Mom begins to experience symptoms of menopause just as her teenage daughter is dealing with the effects of puberty.

If your home is one of these x-chromosome battlegrounds, the veterans of the Mom/Daughter wars have some advice. Ellen Dolgen, who writes the popular Menopause Mondays blog, says it's important to keep communicating.

“Share your own challenges openly,” Dolgen says, “so they know what you’re going through, and you can give them an opportunity to relate to you, even if they don’t want to show it. Chances are, your teen may be experiencing sleepless nights and mood swings just like you.”

While you're communicating, try a little empathy, too. Consider what it was like for you as a hormonal teenager, to help you connect with your daughter and her struggles.

Life coach Lynn Blades is dealing with what she calls “The Clash of the Titans” and advises that you pick your battles carefully.

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” says Blades, but do “lay down your code of conduct and make your teen stick to the rules or pay the consequences.” Blades also recommends encouraging your teen to exercise, eat right and get involved in constructive extra-curricular activities. That's good advice for you, too.

And don't be afraid to ask your doctor for help in dealing with your hormonal changes. There are many options, including conventional hormone therapy, herbal therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and others offered by Northline Women's Health Center that can treat symptoms caused by menopause, such as excessive mood swings, anxiety, and hot flashes.

With more communication and understanding, and fewer blowups and ultimatums, plus some help from your doctor with menopause symptoms, you might find hormone happiness in your house.

 


high fiber foodsLong before there were medical treatments, women were using natural substances to deal with the  effects of menopause. Today, many of these alternative treatments are available as supplements that you can purchase at the pharmacy or health food store, and here are some of the most popular. Please remember to always consult with your doctor about possible interactions with prescription medicines before taking any supplement.

1. Black Cohosh
Black cohosh has been used for centuries and is among the most popular and longest-studied natural hot flash remedies for women. It's derived from a plant in the buttercup family, and black cohosh may work much like the brain chemical serotonin to ease feelings of depression and regulate body temperature. It can be taken as capsules, tablets, or mixed with water.

2. Ginseng
Ginseng has been used as a therapeutic health treatment for over 5,000 years and is considered a “normalizer” and an “energizer.” Ginseng may help with some menopausal symptoms, such as mood swings and sleep disturbances. However, it has not been found to be helpful for hot flashes.  You can take ginseng in tea, powder, and as an extract.

3. Soy
Soy has natural plant estrogens that may be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms, but scientific studies have yielded mixed results. Soy in tablet or powder form is not recommended. Instead, look for  food forms of soy, like tofu and soy milk.

4. Vitamin E
A daily dose of natural vitamin E may help alleviate symptoms of hot flashes in some menopausal women. Topical vitamin E oil applied to the vagina may also improve lubrication.

5. Yoga
If you'd rather not take a supplement, yoga can help relieve irritability and depression brought on by menopause. Yoga relaxation and stretching techniques can help stabilize your mood while improving overall well-being.

 

 

Looking for the right foods to include in your diet during pregnancy? Here are some great choices that will help you stay healthy:

chicken-egg1. It Comes Before The Chicken
Eggs are a perfect choice for your protein needs and are rich in vitamins and minerals. And don't worry about the cholesterol; eggs are naturally low in saturated fat, which is the biggest risk for your cholesterol levels.

2. Make Every Night Movie Snack Night
Did you know that popcorn is a whole grain food? And you thought you had to eat wheat bread! Just resist the urge to pour on too much salt and butter. Try making your popcorn in the microwave or with an air popper for a fat-free and guilt-free snack.

3. Sing The Praises of The Musical Fruit
Beans offer protein and fiber, as well as key nutrients such as iron, folate, calcium, and zinc. From lentils to garbanzo beans; kidney, black, white or pinto beans, you can add them to chili and soups, salads, and pasta dishes.

4. It's All Greek to Eat
Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt, plus plenty of calcium. And you can supercharge this creamy delight with a topping of fresh fruit or a crunchy, whole grain cereal.

5. A Berry Good Choice
Pick your favorite kind of berries and you'll have a naturally flavorful snack that's also a perfect topper for pancakes and cereal. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber.

6. Aim For The Sweet Spud
Sweet potatoes are the high-fiber, high-nutrition choice for a healthy side dish. Their orange color comes from carotenoids that are converted to vitamin A in your body, and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin C, folate, and fiber.

7. This Doesn't Sound Fishy
Fish such as salmon that's low in mercury can provide protein and B vitamins, plus Omega-3 fatty acids that help your baby's development. Just remember to limit your intake of fish to no more than 12 ounces per week during pregnancy.

 

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