Tag Archives : Womens Health

Leaky Bladder? You’re Not Alone: Urinary Incontinence

Did you know that 1 in 3 women may experience bladder leakage, also known as urinary incontinence? UI is not just a medical problem. Because some women with UI are afraid to do normal day-to-day activites, it has an emotional and psychological effect. A common misconception is that urinary incontinence is just part of getting […]

Causes of Bad Sleep During Each Trimester: How to Handle Your Discomfort

During pregnancy, you may find yourself struggling each night to find a comfortable position or get a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleeping habits may no longer work for you during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons for this new discomfort, but there are some tips that you can help you understand what your body might […]

Mindful Mothers: Caring For Yourself While Pregnant with Twins

Being pregnant with more than one baby is called multiple pregnancy. A multiple pregnancy can be twins, triplets, or more. Today, twins are born once in about every 41 births. Having twins can bring great joy and rewards to a family. Sometimes, however, it can also pose a risk to the mother and her babies. […]

5 Easy Ways to Relieve Painful Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps are caused by uterine contractions (when your uterus tightens and relaxes allowing blood to leave your uterus). The lining of your uterus releases special chemicals called “prostaglandins.” These substances can increase the intensity of the contractions, especially if the levels rise. High levels of prostaglandins may also cause nausea and lightheadedness. For some […]

Side Effects and Risks: Knowing the Facts About An Epidural

Each woman’s labor is unique. The amount of pain a woman feels during labor may differ from that felt by another woman. Pain depends on many factors, such as the size and position of the baby and the strength of contractions. Some women take classes to learn breathing and relaxation techniques to help cope with […]

Knowing Your Breasts: Common Changes and Problems

Did you know that your breasts are always changing? A woman’s breasts change during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. Along with these normal changes, problems can arise. Most of the problems are minor, but a few can be serious. One major problem breast cancer, is a leading cause of cancer deaths in women. […]

Symptoms and Diagnosis: Warning Signs of Cancer of the Ovary

Most ovarian cysts are small and do not cause symptoms. Some cysts may cause a dull or sharp ache in the abdomen and pain during certain activities. Larger cysts may cause torsion (twisting) of the ovary that causes pain. Cysts that bleed or rupture (burst) may lead to serious problems requiring prompt treatment. In rare […]

The Basics: Labor Induction (Part 1)

Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on (induce) labor. Labor is induced for many reasons. Some of the methods used to induce labor also can speed up labor if it is going too slowly. Labor is induced in about 20% of pregnant women in the United States. Stages of […]

How to Tell When Labor Begins (Part 2)

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – the arrival of your baby! There is no way to know exactly when you will go into labor, however, most women give birth between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Although waiting for the birth of your baby is exciting, it can also be an anxious tiime. […]

How to Tell When Labor Begins (Part 1)

Awaiting the birth of a baby is an exciting and anxious time. Most women give birth between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. However, there is no way to know exactly when you will go into labor. Birth often occurs within 2 weeks before or after your expected due date. Making Plans As you plan […]