At Westchester Health, some of our female patients come to us complaining of irregular or missed periods, and they want to know if this is a signal of an underlying condition that needs attention. After taking a medical history and performing tests, what we find in many cases is that these patients have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age.
When you’re pregnant, your body can’t fight it off illnesses like it normally does, making you more vulnerable to a cold, fever, stuffy nose, sore throat, flu or stomach bug. On top of being pregnant! That can get rough. To help pregnant moms feel better while sick, we recommend this informative blog by Dennis McGroary, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN with our Obstetrics/Gynecology group (excerpted below).
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).
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’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.
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.
Getting pregnant again may be the last thing you want to do after having a baby and caring for a demanding newborn. But once sexual activity has resumed, we at Westchester Health advise couples that they should think about their birth control options if they want to prevent another pregnancy from occurring right away.
Here at Westchester Health, we get this question a lot from our moms who are expecting. Our answer? Yes, of course, you do need to eat extra calories for your growing baby, but it’s really not necessary to “eat for two.” In actual fact, the average pregnant woman needs only about 300 healthy calories more a day than she did before she was pregnant in order to gain the right amount of weight.
Straight or gay, a teenager or a retiree, having unprotected sex can expose you to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some of which can seriously affect your health. Although condoms are highly effective for reducing the transmission of STDs, they (or any method of birth control except abstinence) are not 100% foolproof. At Westchester Health, we think the more informed a person is about his or her sexual health, the better choices they can make. That’s why we offer this blog so that everyone can understand the different STDs that exist and can take steps to protect themselves against them.