Most people think that when you’re expecting, you need to “eat for two” but at Westchester Health, we want to communicate to parents-to-be that you really don’t. We heartily encourage a healthy diet but want to emphasize that any weight gain guidelines should take into consideration a woman’s pre-pregnancy BMI (Body Mass Index). To help pregnant moms know how much weight they should be gaining, we recommend this informative blog by Dennis McGroary, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN with our Obstetrics/Gynecology group (excerpted below).
STDs know no gender, age or sexual orientation. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, having unprotected sex can expose you to a Sexually Transmitted Disease, some of which can seriously affect your health (in some cases, possibly fatally). To help anyone who’s sexually active understand STDs and how to prevent getting one, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, which discusses STDs and their symptoms and treatment in-depth (excerpted below).
Here at Westchester Health, we realize that learning how to properly swaddle a newborn can be rather daunting, especially for first-time parents, but fear not! We’ve helped hundreds of parents get the hang of it, and we’re more than ready to help you, too. For pointers on how to snugly swaddle your baby, we recommend this recent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
Do you have stiffness, tenderness or swelling in one or more of your joints? Do you hear a grinding noise when a joint is being used? Have you lost range of motion in any of your joints? You may have osteoarthritis.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become red, scaly, bumpy and irritated. It is not contagious but it tends to run in families with a history of eczema or other conditions such as hay fever and asthma, and certain triggers can make it worse, such as stress, allergies and sweating.
Are you really tired all the time? Do you have frequent headaches? Are your joints swollen and painful? It may not be the flu or a similar illness. You may have lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes systemic inflammation that affects multiple organs, especially the skin and joints. Lupus can also affect other organs in your body such as your kidneys, the tissue lining your lungs (pleura), your heart (pericardium) and your brain.
Eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. At Westchester Health, we stress to all our expecting moms that the food they eat is their baby’s main source of nutrition. Good nutrition is crucial to meet the added demands on their body and the needs of their growing baby.
If you have asthma, you know all too well how scary an asthma attack can be. If you don’t have asthma, it’s hard to fully appreciate what it’s like not to be able to breathe and the panic that can cause. As an allergist/immunologist asthma specialist, I hear statements like this a lot from my patients with asthma, which is why I offer this blog to help people understand what things can trigger an asthma attack and just as importantly, how to avoid them.
At Westchester Health, many of our patients have high blood pressure (hypertension) and come to us looking for ways to bring it down to healthier levels. In some cases, this means prescribing medication. However, for many people, lifestyle changes can significantly reduce their blood pressure numbers and lower their risk of cardiovascular disease without having to resort to prescribed drugs.
The answer: NO!!!
In light of the recent measles outbreak affecting thousands of people, we at Westchester Health are more passionate than ever about the importance of vaccinating your children, and yourself, against vaccine-preventable diseases. To get the facts about vaccinations, we urge you to read this highly informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP and Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, Lead Pediatric Physicians with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).