The term “morning sickness” really is misleading. It’s one of the first pregnancy truths experienced by new moms as they learn what to expect while expecting.
In reality, that nauseous, queasy feeling which sometimes leads to vomiting can happen any time of day. It’s just one of the many changes nearly 90 percent of women experience during pregnancy, and there’s not much that health care providers can do to predict or prevent it.
The women most likely to experience nausea during pregnancy are younger and having their first babies. Their mothers also likely had a rough time with morning sickness. It generally starts when women are five to six weeks pregnant and lasts about six weeks, although some lucky women feel nauseous through their entire pregnancy
As for what causes the nausea, no one really knows for sure. It could be the body’s response to stress or hormone fluctuations due to pregnancy, the stretching of abdominal walls or the increase in progesterone which slows down gastric motility. There’s a heightened sense of smell which adds to the equation, and it’s also safe to say that women who already suffer from acid reflux are more likely to have severe nausea, vomiting and heartburn.
So what can women do about it? While there is no tell-tale cure, I do have a list of recommendations: [click to continue…]
The burn is back – that painful, achy feeling in your belly and when using the bathroom.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, one out of every five women will get at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. And the likelihood of developing a second or third is high. UTIs account for more than 8 million visits to the doctor each year by both women and men, although women are about four times more likely to get a UTI.
“The biggest reason why women are more prone to UTI is due to the length of the urethra,” said Dr. Kristin Rooney, a urogynecologist at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center. “A man’s urethra is much longer than that in women, therefore it’s more protected. Also, a woman’s urethra is closer to the vagina and the rectum so it’s more exposed to bacteria.”
A UTI is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra— while most involve just the bladder and the urethra.
The National Kidney Foundation says about 80 to 90 percent of UTIs are caused by a single type of bacteria: E. coli. Most commonly found in the bowels and feces, E. coli is a very common pathogen.
“It’s not the same E. coli that you hear causing outbreaks of deathly illness from contaminated food,” said Dr. Rooney. “It’s just basic E. coli that all of us carry in our gut and on other areas of our bodies naturally.” [click to continue…]