Health Notes

Eight Ways to Ease Your Pregnancy Swelling

by Dr. Abby Lankhorst on July 24, 2014

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 legs and ankles at some point during pregnancy. It really tends to ramp up in the third trimester and that big baby bump is only partly to blame.

The cause is really three-fold:

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Sprinting through a Healthy Pregnancy

by Katina Gordon on July 10, 2014

Olympian Alysia Montano

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 from delivery. Watching these amazing athletes with their baby bumps out front, many ask, “How do they do that?” and “Is that really safe?”

Methodist Physician Clinic Women’s Center OB/GYN Abby Lankhorst, MD, says pregnancy shouldn’t stop an athlete in her tracks. Working out while expecting can be good for you.

“Typically, f it’s good for mom, it’s good for baby,” said Dr. Lankhorst. “I’m a huge advocate of exercise and many studies show it does not have a negative impact on pregnancy. In fact, it has a very positive impact on pregnancy.”

Besides improving muscle tone and strength and possibly improving your ability to cope with labor, exercise during pregnancy can help:

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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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Five Signs of Serious Period Problems in Teens

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So your teenager has irregular periods. That’s a pretty common problem. But when should you be concerned about your teen’s unpredictable cycles? “In the beginning we often see irregular periods in girls and it’s not uncommon for them to be irregular for a good year or so,” said Dr. Judith Scott, OB/GYN at the Methodist […]

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Protecting Your (Changing) Pregnancy Skin

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As we approach summer, we often hear about the benefits of wearing sunscreen. Those benefits couldn’t be truer for women who are expecting. Pregnancy affects the body in many different ways, and many of those effects can be seen right on the skin. And while the threat of sunburn is not any greater than normal […]

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Can a Pill Cure Your Incontinence?

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The commercials make it seem too good to be true. A simple over-the-counter pill or patch can solve the problems with your overactive bladder. But will they cut down on your frequent trips to the bathroom… or stop your embarrassing leaks? “These drugs, called anticholinergics, basically block receptors in the bladder that cause it to […]

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Busting 7 Common Myths about the Pill

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Myths about oral contraception, a.k.a “the pill,” are almost as old as the pill itself. Developed nearly 60 years ago as a way for women to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the pill is now widely used by gynecologists to do so much more for women’s health. “Birth control pills are a hormone suppressant of the ovaries, […]

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6 Reasons Alcohol and Women Don’t Mix

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It seems like the perfect way to unwind: a night on the town with friends or simply relaxing with a glass of wine or two. But women beware, if your “me time” includes regularly raising a glass, it might bring on more risks than rewards. The reasons why come down to biology. “Women’s bodies process […]

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Five Things You Can Do to Ease Your Painful Periods

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It’s a painful problem that affects millions of women – monthly menstrual cramps. Painful periods are very common in teens and young women. Every cycle can mean lower abdominal pain, sharp or aching pain that comes and goes, or possibly back pain. For some, it can be debilitating. Research shows roughly 15 percent of teens […]

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Move over “Power Foods,” Top 18 Healthy Foods for Women

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There has been a lot of buzz about the health benefits of so-called “power foods” or “super foods.” But a healthy diet means more than just a concentration on a few good foods. “You need a variety of different foods in all the food groups – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy proteins,” […]

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