Women’s Health

Breastfeeding: It’s good for the heart

Breastfeeding is good for mom and baby. Most of us already know this. However, the more research that comes out, the more we’re learning just how beneficial it is — not only for baby’s health, but mom’s health too.

Breast milk is unique to each mother and contains specific nutrients her baby needs. No other food can adequately replace it, not even formula, which is made from cow’s milk. Breast milk is a living, everadapting fluid. Here’s a quick rundown of the health benefits for baby. Children who were breastfed:

The taboo of talking about incontinence

It’s an easy topic to joke about, but the stigma of incontinence – loss of bladder or bowel control – prevents millions of women from seeking treatment.

Urinary stress incontinence, the most common type, is most often a symptom of a weakened pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a network of muscles, ligaments and tissue that supports the vagina, bladder, rectum and abdominal cavity. Pressure can cause these weakened, stretched or injured structures to move and then function improperly.

9 anti-aging buzzwords

A few years ago I noticed a brown blotch on my face. My mother “diagnosed” it as an age spot. Ugh, really? Now I’ve got at least four. Even though I always use moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen when I’m outdoors, I still seem to acquire a new blotch every year, probably because I wasn’t always so great about using sunscreen. After all, I grew up in that time when we used baby oil whenever we were out in the sun! Thank goodness times have changed, but it doesn’t change the damage done to my skin.

Heart to Heart

A new mom gives back after her life-threatening heart condition

Most new moms would describe childbirth and the first weeks of a new baby’s life as a whirlwind. That was the case for Jessica Sorrels, but not in a good way.

After a long and difficult birth with her first son, Jack, she nearly lost her life.

11 things you should know if have diabetes and are pregnant

Diabetes has changed me in many ways, but mostly it has made me a stronger, more aware person. My name is Beth Moore-Glover, and I am a 39-year-old Type 2 diabetic. Throughout my adulthood I have struggled with hyperinsulinemia and then diabetes. As a result I lost half of all my pregnancies. I tried several methods to keep my blood sugars under control: weight loss of 127 pounds, oral medication, insulin, diet and exercise. For 10 years I was not able to hold on to a pregnancy.

What about that baby bump?

Actress Jennifer Garner’s recent announcement that she has a “baby bump” has spread like wildfire through social media. Who cares, right? Well, a lot of moms do. That’s because Garner took pride in announcing that no, she wasn’t pregnant — the baby bump is from her past pregnancies and it’s here to stay. That means we have something in common! Her baby bump is named Violet, Sam, Sera. Mine is named Meredith, Kate. Both are several years old.

Are those killer heels killing your feet?

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a great pair of heels. But I know they can wreak havoc on my feet, legs and back, so I wear them sparingly — carrying them into work and taking them off before I leave — and fortunately I haven’t suffered any pain or problems, except maybe a few blisters.

However, high heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women, with up to one-third suffering permanent damage as a result of prolonged wear.

Oncofertility specialist builds hope and families

It’s hard to imagine the difficulty of dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Add to that the worry that the cancer treatment you must receive to save your life may also take away your ability to have children.

A new physician with Norton Cancer Institute works to address this concern from cancer patients by preserving their fertility. Leslie Appiah, M.D., is an oncofertility specialist. She works with children and adults with cancer before they begin receiving chemotherapy or radiation to counsel them on options and steps that may be taken to improve their ability to have children later. She also works with patients trying to conceive after cancer treatment.