Health Notes

Surviving the Symptoms of Menopause

by Katina Gordon on September 12, 2014

9-11-14 Menopause AwarenessMost 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 a baby. It happens naturally any time between the ages of 45 and 55, but it’s not an overnight process.

“Menopause is a transition, not just a point in time,” said Thomas Martin, MD, OB/GYN with the Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center. “Many times during this transition women start to experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue and not feel well in general.”

Dr. Martin says today’s woman will spend a third of her life in menopause, but the transition phase is when symptoms emerge. Many look for ways to ease their symptoms, both naturally and with prescription hormone therapy.

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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. Regardless of how much you weigh, every woman should expect to put on some weight.

Women, who are normal weight, meaning you have a BMI between 18 and 25, should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. Those who are underweight, with a BMI less than 18 should gain more, about 30-40 pounds. And overweight women, those with a BMI over 30, should gain 10-20 pounds.

There’s a misconception among some women that if they don’t gain a lot of weight during pregnancy, they’ll get rid of their fat. Unfortunately, pregnancy doesn’t work that way. Not gaining weight means you’ll actually end up using your own muscle mass to feed your developing baby, and that’s not good.

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