If you’re pregnant or might become pregnant, it’s critically important for you to get enough folic acid, the synthetic form of vitamin B9, also known as folate. Folic acid plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) which are serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). The neural tube is the part of the embryo where your baby’s spine and brain development begin. NTDs affect approximately 3,000 pregnancies annually in the U.S.
At Westchester Health, the most common causes of headaches that we see in children are viral illnesses, stress, fatigue and migraines. Rarely do headaches signal a more serious illness but if your child’s headache is accompanied by a high fever, rash or vomiting, see your pediatrician right away. Still have questions about what to do? Read this excellent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably been told by your OB/GYN that exercising during your pregnancy is a great idea, even highly recommended, for a number of reasons. At Westchester Health, we agree. Regular exercise during all three trimesters can improve health, reduce the risk of excess weight gain and back pain, and make delivery easier. It also can give your newborn a healthier start in life.
Have you ever gotten out of bed in the morning, taken three steps across the floor and suddenly felt like someone had smashed your heel with a hammer while you were sleeping? You might have plantar fasciitis, something that, as a podiatrist, I see a lot of in my Westchester Health practice.