Mother Daughter baking in kitchen 200x200The classic holiday song says “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” but we all know this can also be a stressful time. Here are some tips for a more-relaxing holiday season.

Woman with menopause and diabetesThe onset of menopause is difficult enough, but for women with type 2 diabetes it can be even more challenging. That’s because the hormonal changes that bring the symptoms of menopause can also affect your body’s ability to respond to insulin.

During the transitional years of menopause when menstrual cycles slow down but haven't stopped, the hormones estrogen and progesterone are unstable and that could have a roller coaster effect on your insulin levels. More estrogen can improve insulin sensitivity and higher levels of progesterone can cause resistance.

Gestational Diabetes 200x200The hormonal changes that come with pregnancy can bring on more than food cravings and moodiness. For some women, these can also trigger a potentially dangerous condition for mother and baby.

Gestational diabetes that occurs during pregnancy affects up to one in ten women. With gestational diabetes, your body has trouble managing the production of insulin and that can lead to having too much sugar in your blood.

pregnant woman timing her contractionsIt’s been nine months of pregnancy and you’re ready to have that baby, but determining when to go to the hospital can be tricky. The beginning of labor may be different for many women, but here are five signs that you might be ready to deliver.

  • You experience an increase in vaginal discharge, possibly brownish or pinkish in color.
  • The sensation of the baby dropping lower into your pelvic cavity. When this happens you may be able to breathe more freely because the weight of your baby is no longer pressing on your diaphragm.

woman getting a mammogramGetting your first mammogram is an important step for breast health. Maybe you've avoided it because of fears about pain or not knowing what to expect, but a basic understanding of the procedure and a few simple preparations can make getting a mammogram less scary.

Start with proper scheduling. Don’t have a mammogram when your breasts are tender or swollen, so avoid the week just before your period. On the day of the exam, wear a skirt or pants and a top that can be easily removed and don’t use deodorant or antiperspirant because it can show up on the image as white spots.

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