Most people acknowledge that cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States? It’s true—cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year (nearly 1 in 5 of all U.S. deaths). However, we at Westchester Health want to draw your attention to one very important word in the paragraph above: preventable. Smoking is a choice, and quitting smoking is also a choice.
Here at Westchester Health, we get a lot of questions from our pregnant moms and their partners asking what happens in labor and delivery so they can better prepare for it, both mentally and physically. How long will it last? How much will it hurt? How do we know when it’s starting? To keep expecting parents informed (and maybe a little calmer), we recommend this highly informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
At Westchester Health, we want you to know that we care about you and will support whatever choices you make regarding your pregnancy. With no judgments, we’ll help you work through the pros and cons of each option. Whatever action you decide to take, we’re here for you with information, advice, referrals and prenatal healthcare. For some important information regarding your choices, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
At Westchester Health, we know there is no perfect family, or even a “normal” one. Families come in all sizes, ages, genders and colors, but what we have observed in our many years of treating young patients and their families is that healthy, well-adjusted families tend to have several key characteristics in common:
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.