Posts Tagged ‘health’

Pregnancy: A window to your health

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

crystal-ballSometimes I wish I had a crystal ball to look into the future. Did you know that your pregnancy can be your crystal ball?

Last week, the television program Today had a helpful segment on how health issues in pregnancy can sometimes predict health issues in the future. For instance, if a woman develops gestational diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy, she may be at increased risk for those conditions after pregnancy.

Also, your mother’s pregnancy history may tell you about some of the risks you may face. So you may want to take some time to learn about your family health history.

New health apps from federal government

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

us-capitolThe U.S. government has launched 18 new applications for mobile phones. Several of them can help you and your family stay healthy. 

One app reports on product recalls. Another is a body-mass index (BMI) calculator for monitoring weight. One takes you straight to MedlinePlus, the federal health Web site that’s loaded with lots of useful info. And an ultraviolet (UV) index helps you check the air quality in you area.

So take a look and start downloading!

Depression during pregnancy: Acupuncture may help

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

depressionAs many as 1 out of 5 women have depression while they’re pregnant. If you’re pregnant, depression can threaten your health and the health of your baby. The good news: Several different types of treatment, including counseling and medication, can help.

A new study has found that acupuncture may help pregnant women who suffer from major depression, the most serious form of the illness. The study was very small; only 150 women participated. So more research needs to be done to confirm the findings.

For information about the symptoms of depression, see the March of Dimes article. If you think you may have depression, talk to your health care provider right away. Discuss with him or her the various treatments that are available. But don’t start acupuncture or any treatment without first checking with your prenatal care provider.

Whoo-hoo! March of Dimes wins award for health education videos

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Celebrate with us! The March of Dimes has won the prestigious Freddie award for its health education video series Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby. These awards are the Oscars for health and medicine media. The March of Dimes won in the category of women’s health.

Here’s the winning team (left to right): Kerry, Ivette, Dr. Siobhan, Chris, Pam and Frank. As you can tell, we have a lot of fun while we’re doing our work.

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After you deliver: Do you know what to expect?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

mother-and-newbornIf you’re pregnant, you’ve probably thinking a lot about your delivery. What will it feel like? How bad will the pain be? Will the baby be healthy?

But have you talked with your health provider about your own health after the baby has arrived? What can you expect during the postpartum period?

In a recent study, researchers surveyed 724 women 2 weeks after they had delivered a baby. Many of these women said they felt unprepared for postpartum health issues. For instance, fewer than half were prepared to expect breastfeeding problems, hair loss, hemorrhoids, mood swings, and anxiety. Not all women have these problems, but they are fairly common.

So next time you see your provider, take a few moments to talk about the postpartum period. The March of Dimes has several articles and videos that can help.

The new study of postpartum women appears in the February issue of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Speak Now for Kids: Medical care for children

Monday, May 11th, 2009

child-playing-doctorMedical care. Health insurance. We all worry about them.

Will we have the medical care and the insurance we need when someone in the family gets sick?

What about routine checkups? Can I afford the copay?

My kids deserve reliable, quality medical care. What can  I do to be sure they get it?

The March of Dimes is a national partner in the campaign “Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform.” More than 120 other organizations have also signed on.

As Congress debates health care reform, Speak Now for Kids will be there. We want to be sure kids get the the medical care they need. 

You can help. Go to the Speak Now for Kids Web site. Tell us about your experiences with children’s health insurance and medical care.

Add your voice to this important national discussion.

The risks of teen pregnancy

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

teenage-girl-2For so many women, pregnancy is a wonderful time: full of hope and excitement about a new baby. But for teens, pregnancy brings some  challenges.

Teen mothers and their babies face special health risks. Compared to other pregnant women, the teen mom is more likely to face complications. Examples:  premature labor, anemia and high blood pressure.

Babies born to teen moms are at increased risk of premature birth, low weight at birth, breathing problems, bleeding in the brain,  and vision problems.

Teen pregnancy also affects a young woman’s educational and job opportunities. Teen moms are less likely to graduate from high school than other teenagers. They are also more likely to live in poverty than women who wait to have a baby.

Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Teen birth rates in the United States are on the rise again after a steady decline between 1991 and 2005.

If you are a teen, please think carefully about getting pregnant. If you know a teen, help her understand why it’s usually best to delay pregnancy.

For more information, read the March of Dimes fact sheet.

Health insurance for all children: You can help make it happen

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

capitol1This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will provide health coverage for up to 10 million children. The bill also will provide maternity care for some pregnant women.

This program is called the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). And Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of the March of Dimes, was in Washington to celebrate the House’s action.

For some families, this legislation is life saving. Children are able to get medical care that they wouldn’t otherwise receive.

A March of Dimes volunteer Kathy Mingledorff testified in support of the legislation. Kathy relied on Medicaid and SCHIP when her son Alex was born 15 weeks too soon.

Alex’s premature birth led to seven hospitalizations and medical bills of more than $2 million dollars before his 7th birthday.  In Kathy’s words, “There is no way we would have been able to manage without Medicaid and SCHIP.”

Life is full of the unexpected. Many of us will face serious and expensive health crises. Our children deserve a safety net.

The Senate will soon consider the SCHIP legislation. Contact your Senators today and encourage them to vote for SCHIP.

To learn more about the SCHIP program in your state, talk to your local health department.

Thinking about pregnancy after premature birth?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Here are some questions that women who have had a premature baby often ask.

  • I’ve already had a premature birth. What can I do to help get my full nine months of pregnancy?
  • Why was my baby born too early?
  • Do I need to go to a special doctor for care?
  • Why are some women more likely than other women to have a premature baby?
  • What can I do about my risk factors?

Key Things to Remember

Click here to watch the video, Take Action: Learn the Signs of Preterm Labor

Got an opinion about health care? Express yourself.

Friday, December 12th, 2008

President-Elect Barack Obama is asking all of us to tell him what we think about health care in the United States.

What’s your story? How are you and your family doing with health care? What worries you? What should the country do in regard to health care? Where should we be headed? 

This is your chance. Speak out! Here’s the link.