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Woman in Labor 300x200Labor is the final step before a successful delivery and sometimes it’s a process that needs help to get started. A labor induction can be necessary if you’re overdue or if there are health conditions that could present a risk for you or your baby unless the child is delivered now. Some women choose to have an induction but it’s not recommended prior to week 39 in your pregnancy.

Birth Control 300x200Hormonal, barrier and rhythm methods. Pills, patches, implants, IUDs, condoms, diaphragms, rings, sponges and natural family planning. Birth control comes in many forms, so let’s look at your options.

The birth control pill is most common hormonal contraceptive with a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones, or a progestin-only pill. A monthly birth control patch that delivers hormones can provide the effectiveness of a daily pill and is more convenient to use.

Woman running outside 300x200Bone is a living tissue that’s constantly being replaced as the body breaks down old cells and builds new ones. In fact, your body completely replaces all your bone every 10 years.

The process is like managing a bank account. When we’re young the body is building lots of bone so your “bone bank” balance is growing with more deposits. That begins to level off in our 20s and by the time estrogen drops during menopause, you’re making more withdrawals from your bone bank and that can weaken bones and increase the risk of fractures.

pregnant woman cutting broccoli in kitchen“Eating for two” when you’re pregnant isn’t what it used to be. Now it means planning sensible, balanced meals with all the nutrients that will keep both of you healthy. A diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats should include these essential nutrients:

Folate and folic acid
This B vitamin helps prevent serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Folic acid has also been shown to decrease the risk of preterm delivery. You’ll get folic acid naturally from leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, dried beans and peas, and many cereals are fortified with B vitamins.

Calcium
It builds strong bones and teeth for your baby and helps your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems. Dairy products like milk and cheese are the best natural sources of calcium, and many fruit juices and breakfast cereals are fortified with calcium.

Pregnant couple reading Travel magazineSo, you want to travel during pregnancy? It’s okay but there are some things to consider that may affect the timing for your trip and how you make your getaway.

In the first trimester you’re probably dealing with morning sickness and it’s also when you are at the greatest risk of miscarriage. This is why many women choose to not travel early in a pregnancy.

The third trimester can also be a bad time because of fatigue and concerns about what might happen if your baby arrives early. Many airlines won’t allow you to fly within four weeks of your due date or will require written approval from your doctor.

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