birth-controlThis is Women's History Month and a good time to look at the history of contraception. You may think that birth control began with the “Sexual Revolution” of the 1960s, but contraception has been a part of life for thousands of years, and includes many innovations that have occurred in the last decade. Here's a timeline of some of the milestones of contraception:

3000 B.C. – Condoms are made from materials such as fish bladders, linen sheaths, and animal intestines.

pregnant woman eating rightSo you're pregnant and ready to start “eating for two,” but how much should you eat, and what are the best foods for you and your baby?

In many ways, pregnancy is no different from any other time of life, because healthy eating should always be your goal. Unlike the days of your mother or grandmother, being pregnant is no longer a green light to gorge yourself. "Eating for two" doesn't mean eating twice as much. It means that what you eat is the main source of nutrients for you and your baby, and sensible, balanced meals will be best for both of you.

uterine problems smAn abnormality of the uterus can make it more difficult for you to carry your baby for the full nine months of pregnancy. Some abnormalities require extra monitoring during pregnancy to give you the best chance of having a baby. These problems can be congenital – one that you were born with – or an acquired abnormality that has developed in the uterus.

The uterus is a hollow muscular organ shaped like an upside-down pear, and about 3 in 100 women are born with an abnormality in the size, shape or structure of the uterus. A common congenital abnormality isseptate uterus, which occurs when your uterus is separated into two parts by a band of muscle or tissue that did not fuse together during development before birth.

GoRedForWomenPop quiz – what's the number-one deadly disease for women? (Hint: it's not breast cancer.) If you said heart disease, you're on the right track for tomorrow's National Wear Red Day. The first Friday of February is the day when everyone is encouraged to wear red to show solidarity in the fight against heartdisease, and to encourage every woman to become educated about her risk for heart disease. Northline Women's Health Center offers these tips from the American Heart Association on how to “Go Red” this year:

Choosing OB-GYNThe right OB/GYN is more than just someone who will offer the best care during pregnancy. You're choosing a person who will be your health care provider during the many stages of a woman's life, from young adulthood through menopause, and beyond. Being a wise health care consumer means taking the time to find the right doctor, so here are some tips to help you make the best choice:

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