Heart disease is not just a problem for men; it’s the No. 1 cause of death for women. It’s easy to misinterpret or ignore the symptoms, so pay attention to these early warning signs:
New findings have established a link between upper body fat and weight gain in adulthood with a woman’s risk of developing and dying from cancer. While obesity alone increases the risk of breast cancer in women, researchers have found that women with upper body fat have a particularly high risk of developing the disease.
There is no real need for nursing-specific clothing (unlike maternity wear, which is pretty hard to avoid). But with all the money we save on formula and bottles by breastfeeding, it’s nice to treat ourselves to something pretty and comfortable.
Many environmental agents can cross over the placenta and affect the fetus. Substances in the mother’s blood are readily transferred from the mother’s uterine arteries, across the placental membrane, into the baby’s umbilical vein, and then to the baby’s entire body. Though research has been done on chemical effects on fetal development and birth defects, no solid conclusions have been made about specific chemicals causing birth defects. Still, it’s a good idea to avoid environmental hazards when possible in order to provide the safest conditions for your baby.
You can protect the health of your unborn child by avoiding hazardous chemicals in drinking water , food, air, and home and work environments. Wash fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides and filter your drinking water if you know or suspect it might contain lead or high amounts of chlorine.
Your uterus is a multi-faceted system, with specially designed processes all functioning together to make the most efficient delivery possible. In order for your baby to be born vaginally, there must be enough room so he or she can exit the uterus. This is made possible in part through the two processes of effacement and dilation.