Top 3 Questions You’re Embarrassed to Ask Your OB-GYN

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For first-time and veteran mothers alike, pregnancy can bring up a variety of questions that might feel a little awkward asking out loud. The good news is that most women have had those same questions at some point and that there are answers from trained professionals.

 

Here are some questions about pregnancy you may have wanted to ask but felt too nervous to do so:

 

How Likely Is a Bowel Movement During Delivery?

This fear comes up frequently with new mothers, to the point where they can become so fixated on not having a bowel movement that it inhibits their ability to push.

 

It’s actually extremely common to have a bowel movement during labor, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. There’s a simple reason why it happens: the same muscles a woman uses to push a baby out of her uterus are the same ones she uses when having a bowel movement. With the added weight on her colon and rectum as the baby moves through the birth canal, it’s a very natural bodily reaction.

 

While it may seem embarrassing, keep in mind that childbirth is a very private affair. Doctors are not only undaunted by this, but generally expect it. They’re trained professionals and their primary concern is making sure the mother and baby are healthy throughout the entire pregnancy and delivery.

 

Will My Vagina Be Stretched After I Give Birth?

Not really. Believe it or not, vaginas have muscle memory. The vagina is also made to accommodate childbirth; in other words, it stretches during childbirth and then contracts to its normal size. If a woman wants to strengthen her pelvic floor muscles, there are Kegel exercises, though make sure to check with a doctor first before trying them.

 

Why Does Sex Hurt After Birth?

Having a baby is hard work! With childbirth comes natural trauma to the vaginal area, and it needs time to heal. It’s natural for the sex drive to decrease, given how exhausting caring for a newborn can be. On top of that, if mothers choose to breastfeed, that can change her hormone levels as well, particularly her estrogen levels. This can lead to problems with lubrication. One potential solution is to use a lubricant, as well as giving the body time to adjust postpartum.

 

If the pain continues to exist months after birth, however, it’s best to speak to a doctor to make sure there aren’t any lasting issues.

The Search For The Pregnant Woman’s ‘Breakfast Of Champions’

The Search For The Pregnant Woman's "Breakfast of Champion" | Dr. Lori Gore-GreenFibrous and folic acid-filled ingredients are ongoing essentials for pregnant women, and these items should be featured on the plate bright and early in the day –during breakfast.

Add color and nutrients to your plate through the inclusion of leafy vegetables, whole wheat, succulent fruits, and rich seasonings early on and pregnant will see the benefits throughout the day. This is the best way to incorporate foods that are healthy and tasty. Afterall, there’s not enough that can be said about starting off one’s day with a gratifying, low-sodium, and yummy meal.

Expectant mothers are always in search of a delicious, well-balanced “Breakfast of Champion” to enjoy throughout a pregnancy. A fair way to execute that perfect healthful meal is to highlight flavor with herbs and spices, not with salt and sugar.

You can bake, grill, and broil your way until an early morning meal that’s healthier. Focus on eating things that are hyper nutritious, green, natural, and if possible, organic,and divert your attention away from calorie counting. Additionally, lean proteins, healthy fats, and healthy carbs (vegetables and whole grains) are definitely necessary for everyone, especially pregnant women.

Read on to visit the names of five quick and easy recipes that you may want to try out in order to brighten up your morning:

Smoky Red Pepper Crispy Egg Toast

“Add a kick of spice to your mornings by spreading paprika and roasted red pepper hummus onto your egg toast.” Read the recipe here.

Spinach and Prosciutto Frittata Muffins

“These tasty bake-and-take egg cups are packed with protein. Make them on a Sunday, then heat and eat all week.” Read the recipe here.

Peach and Toasted Almond Greek Yogurt

“Topping Greek yogurt with fresh peach slices, toasted almonds, and a sprinkle of brown sugar adds a natural sweetness that’s almost guilt-free.” Read the recipe here.

Italian Baked Eggs

“Marinara cheesy baked eggs can be made in just 10 minutes for a complete breakfast.” Read the recipe here.

Overnight Oatmeal

“As easy in the morning as the instant variety, this home cooked and hearty oatmeal will give you the energy you need to power through your day.” Read the recipe here.

Never skip breakfast, even if you’re in a rush. In addition to trying out one of the aforementioned meals, you should be sure that stay hydrated, start small with something like a hardboiled egg, and try to drink a smoothie or juice.

Little Tips That Can Make A Big Difference For A Woman’s Body

Dr. Lori Gore-GreenEvery woman has her little tips for keeping healthy and making sure that she’s making the right decisions for her body.

For some, it’s staying hydrated and consistently ingesting water.  For others, a healthy lifestyle means creating iron-rich diets to boost and replenish the body during  and following menstruation. Also, others opt to steer clear of canned and oversized, sweetened caffeinated beverages, aware that it’s frequently overwhelmed with sugar. Instead, they consume strong cups of coffee and fragrant teas.  There are several ways a woman can help boost her health, and here are some of them:

The Scale Isn’t God

While some women obsess about the number on a scale, others recognize that health isn’t dependent on those fluctuating numbers. Being in good health means much more than maintaining a healthy weight. Also, some other matters of importance of high blood pressure, bone and brain health, and other things. By documenting details about your eye health and your weekly exercise efforts, your victories, large and small, will be readily accessible.

Drink Milk

While drinking milk doesn’t promise to prevent fractures, but it does ward off osteoporosis. Regular milk and fortified alternatives truly does the body good.

Sleep More

Men require approximately 20 minutes less sleep than women. The reason for this is because women are more prone to multitasking, thus they require more recovery time. Physicians suggest that women try to make it bed before their male partners.

Work It

It’s said that exercise not only helps you to shed undesired pounds, but it helps to fight off gestational diabetes. More than that, the endorphins released when you exercise can give your mood an upswing. So, try out swimming, Zumba, yoga, running, and/or pilates.

Seek Balance

Balance is different for everyone. Each woman tends to know her limits, even when she temporarily rebels against them (i.e. pulling an all-nighter). Anxiety and depression, as well as physical ailments, can arise when one doesn’t attend to their mental health. Seeking out traditional therapists, or utilizing newfangled apps, such as HeadSpace, are tried and true ways to incorporate mental wellness into your everyday schedule.

Schedule It Out

Spontaneity is so passé;. Instead, make a schedule to pencil in your gym time, as well as  time for self-care. By making a place for self-care you promise that you’ll be able to visit with your child at his/her baseball game, and you demonstrate to you children how one should organize time, demonstrate responsibility, and prioritize oneself. Also, be sure to pay yourself healthy treats to enjoy wherever you be, as to keep yourself from making rash decisions when it comes to snacks and meals.

While there are countless other tips that can be shared to help women to improve their health, the aforementioned six tips can be used to guide anyway.

Evolution of Wearable Technology: Women Can Track Fertility Levels, Stop Menstrual Cramps

Apple_Watch-Beyond pedometers, fitness and health trackers are doing a great job of helping to improve the lives of women and men.

Wearable technology has achieved something incredible,  incorporating advanced electronic technologies with clothing. In some cases, this is called “tech togs,” while other refer to it as “fashion electronics.” No matter what you called it, it’s been recognized that wearable technology is being used to boost the health of women.

Women face specific health issues, which stand apart from health issues faced solely by men. More and more, businesses are looking to meet the unique needs of women, developing and perfecting wearable technology that intends to keep them healthy. These technologies aren’t restricted to tracking running and walking, smart fitness clothing and wearable technology to track fertility levels and other things that a technician would be required for.

Livia

Livia, for instance, is a gadget that promises to stop menstrual cramps, which is debilitating for some women. Drug-based pain relief can be temporarily sufficient, but doesn’t help quite as much as it should and could become expensive. Livia targets ‘the pain gates’ and attempts to close them. This is done by stimulating the nerves involved, and blocking pain signals being sent to the brain. The compact device can fit comfortably on a waistband while two electrodes are applied to the abdomen to put an end to the pain. The USB-chargeable device has no side-effects, and can last about 15 hours.

Elvie and OhMiBod’s Lovelife krush

Whether you’re attempting to recover from childbirth or improve your bladder and bowel control, pelvic floor exercises are likely quite beneficial to you. Elvie, which is a tampon-like device provides pelvic floor workouts in five-minute increments. In conjunction with a cell phone, users can control program and strength rating before they complete kegel exercises. The device is able to meet the needs of different body types and ‘skill levels.’ As kegel muscles strengthen, the device adapts and become gradually more difficult in order to encourage and track progress. OhMiBod’s Lovelife krush is a similar device, but it has a slight twist. It’s part pelvic floor exercise gadget and part sexual health device. It has built-in sensors, a supplementary app that tracks daily activity, and it has special vibration patterns for sexual intimacy.

The Looncup

The Looncup is a wearable sensor for your period, tracking menstruation volume levels and color variations. The device analyzes the health of a woman’s period, it checks for discrepancies and determines if a visit to the doctor is warranted. This device is made from hypoallergenic silicone, and has a battery life of about six months, and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other conventional options.

iTBra and OMbra

The iTBra is a smart bra that detects the early signs of breast cancer. The bra can detect if there have been any sudden changes in a woman’s circadian temperature, unveiling abnormal developments within the breast cells. Examinations take anywhere between two and 24 hours, and the results are sent to the wearer’s smartphone or personal computer for future consultation. The detection rate for the iTBra is higher than for mammograms. Also, OMbra is a smart bra, which adapts to body and workout, absorbing pressure and reducing stress on one’s back and shoulders. Feedback is shared on heart rate, cadence, impact, and breathing rate. It perfectly captures how much you push yourself when working out.

The Pilldrill

The Pilldrill is an updated take on the pillbox. As opposed to just housing your pills, this pillbox delivers timely visual and audio alerts for each dose. A user only needs to scan the pill container, and the Pilldrill tracks tablets. The box works in conjunction with a number of other apps, such as Mood Cube, which tracks adverse side effects when switching birth control methods.

The digital resources available to women can truly change their lives and improve their personal health.

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