Health Notes

How Fast Should You Lose Your Baby Weight?

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on October 23, 2014

For many moms, one of the biggest challenges after having baby is the effort to lose the weight put on during pregnancy. Not only is it a challenge to lose weight, but the pressure from quickly shrinking Hollywood role models can make it doubly frustrating.

Expecting rapid weight loss after baby can be detrimental to both your emotional and physical health. So relax, take your time and maybe, just maybe, enjoy the process.

Losing weight after pregnancy can be a fun and healthy change for both you and your growing family. The most important step is setting realistic goals and sticking to them. If you are not sure what a good goal is, ask your Methodist Physicians Clinic OB/GYN or primary care doctor. We can guide you on what will be appropriate based on your height and Body Mass Index (BMI).

How fast will you lose? A one-half to one pound weight loss per week is a good target to start with, but please don’t start in the week or two following delivery. You don’t need to add weight loss expectations to your host of new responsibilities.

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9 Ways Moms Benefit from Breastfeeding

by Katina Gordon on October 9, 2014

10-9-14 BreastfeedingThere are countless articles about the importance of breastfeeding for baby. The nutrition and health benefits baby receives from mother’s milk makes breastfeeding the natural choice whenever possible.

However, baby isn’t the only one who reaps rewards from breastfeeding. Mom also benefits from nursing her child after giving birth.

“We think of the benefit of breastfeeding as an infant health issue, but it’s really tri-fold,” said Kolene Moore, RNC, BSN, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Methodist Women’s Hospital. “It’s infant health, women’s health and economic and social health.”

Here are nine ways moms benefit from giving baby the breast:

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Should You Get a 3D Ultrasound?

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It’s one of the things expecting moms look forward to the most… But ultrasounds are about so much more than getting a first glimpse of the growing baby inside you. It’s also a physician’s opportunity to track the health and development of your unborn child. At Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center, ultrasounds are our main […]

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Surviving the Symptoms of Menopause

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Most women know that one day they’re going to experience menopause. But knowing just what it means for your body, how it will change and how you will feel, leaves many with a lot of questions. Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she will stop having periods and the ability to have […]

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Too Much or Not Enough? How Much Should You Gain During Pregnancy?

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It’s a touchy subject for many expecting moms. Just how much weight should you put on during pregnancy? Gaining too much or not enough when baby’s on board can have serious consequences for both mom and baby. How much weight you put on during pregnancy really depends on where your weight begins before becoming pregnant. […]

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HPV Vaccine offers Life-Saving Protection

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These days, Dr. Judith Scott at the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center says it’s rare to see a young girl at the Adolescent Gynecology clinic without it. A series of three HPV vaccines that have played a major role in women’s health care. “Pediatricians are doing such a fantastic job of getting kids vaccinated for […]

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Five Things Every Menopausal Woman Should Know about Nutrition

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Experiencing life’s “change” shouldn’t impact your active lifestyle, but menopause does mean you may have to think more about the nutrition it takes to support it. Eating the right foods not only affects your overall health, it can minimize the impact of the hormonal changes that come before, during and after menopause. “Your body is […]

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Eight Ways to Ease Your Pregnancy Swelling

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Let’s face it. Those swollen legs, ankles and feet make pregnancy really uncomfortable. And it seems like the summer heat and humidity only makes it worse. I hear you, sister… and trust me, you’re not alone. Swelling during pregnancy is extremely common. In fact, it’s estimated about 75 percent of women experience edema around the […]

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Sprinting through a Healthy Pregnancy

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Olympian Alysia Montano runs an 800-meter race while 34 weeks pregnant. Washington Post When Olympic track athlete Alysia Montano ran an 800-meter race while 34 weeks pregnant, the whole world stopped to stare. People watched in awe as local golfer Sarah Whisonant hit the links and aced her first hole-in-one only a few weeks away […]

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Physical Therapy for a Private Pain

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When pain and discomfort comes from a private place, talking to your physician can feel awkward. But it’s important for every woman to know having that conversation can ultimately lead to better health. The National Institutes of Health says nearly a quarter of all women have pelvic floor disorders – everything from pelvic floor prolapse […]

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