Posts Tagged ‘women’s health’

Your health is a priority

Monday, May 14th, 2018

From May 13 to May 19, we celebrate National Women’s Health Week.

We take this time as an opportunity to empower and remind all women that their health is and should always be a priority.

There are steps you can take to be as healthy possible all throughout your life.

 

Here are 6 steps you can take to get started:

  1. Schedule a well-woman check-up every year. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, an annual well-woman visit is a great way to keep track of your health and help prevent, identify and treat health problems. This is also a great time to discuss your family health history, family planning goals, and personal habits.
  2. Take a vitamin supplement with 400 micrograms of folic acid in it every day, even if you’re not trying to get pregnant.
  3. Do something active every day. You don’t need a gym membership to exercise. Walking, dancing, and even doing housework are good ways to stay active.
  4. Eat healthy foods. Eating healthy foods can help your body stay healthy and strong. It can also help you get to and maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Pay attention to your mental health. Make sure you get enough sleep and learn to manage stress.
  6. Don’t smoke, and avoid unhealthy behaviors, like texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

A well-woman visit is a preventive service covered by most health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, at no extra cost to you. Learn more about recommended preventive services that are covered under the Affordable Care Act at Care Women Deserve.

Visit the Office of Women’s Health page to find out what other steps you can take for good health.

Have you made your health a priority yet?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

nurse measuring blood pressureThis week is National Women’s Health Week – a time to make your own health a priority.  As mothers, women often put their families’ needs first. But remember, it’s difficult to take care of others if you are not feeling well yourself.

If you’re like me, work, responsibilities and obligations often get in the way of my health goals. So in honor of this week, I have scheduled a well-woman’s checkup with my health care provider. Getting that appointment on the calendar (in pen!) will enable me to keep it there regardless of the other errands I know I have to run.  Even if you feel healthy now, at your well-woman’s exam you can talk to your provider about ways to stay healthy in the future.

Here are some tips to help put your health on the priority list:

  • Schedule a well-women’s visit with your provider. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the well-woman visit is considered a preventive service and is covered by most health plans with no cost to you.
  • Don’t have health insurance? Read our article for info on how to get started.
  • Get active and eat well. Keep those ice cream dates to a minimum.
  • Mental health is just as important as physical health. Get enough sleep and manage your stress.
  • If you smoke, now is the time to quit.

Click on your age to take steps for better health. Follow #NWHW on Twitter for more tips.

Midwifery – What does a midwife do?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

midwifeThis is National Midwifery Week, created by the American College of Nurse Midwives to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care.

A certified nurse-midwife is a registered nurse with advanced, specialized training and experience in taking care of pregnant women and delivering babies. Certified nurse-midwives are licensed to provide care before, during and after delivery.

There are several different types of midwives, each holding different certifications based on their education and/or experience. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) attend approximately 93% of all midwife-attended births in the United States, and as of 2010 they are required to have a master’s degree in order to practice midwifery.

Midwifery care fits well with the services provided by obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs), who are experts in high risk, medical complications and surgery. By working with OB/GYNs, midwives can ensure that a specialist is available if a high-risk condition should arise during pregnancy or labor and delivery.

Once your baby is here, a midwife can assist with questions about breastfeeding (it’s not as easy as you think.) Midwives can provide you with health care in the postpartum period and between pregnancies at well woman visits. They can provide pain medications, birth control, screenings and vaccinations. They treat women from the teen years through menopause.

Here is a link to more information about midwives from the American College of Nurse Midwives.

La ovulación

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Did you know the March of Dimes offers Spanish language pregnancy videos too?