Baby has arrived – and sometimes with that arrival come feelings of anxiety, mood swings and depression.
For many new moms, the baby blues (occasionally feeling down during the first few weeks after birth) are common and not a cause for concern. However, some women suffer from more prolonged, severe depressive symptoms.
It’s important to remember that having a baby in itself can be an emotional journey, and feeling down once the baby is born is not something that should cause embarrassment. In fact, one in eight women is affected by postpartum depression after birth and may
require treatment. For some women, these difficulties can begin during pregnancy.
If you’re a new or expectant mom struggling with depression or anxiety it’s important to know that you are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help, you can feel better. Psychotherapy, medication, support groups, and diet and exercise modifications are
some of the options that are effective in treating depression during pregnancy or postpartum.
Jo Kim, Ph.D., of the
NorthShore Perinatal Depression Program, recommends new moms be aware of the following symptoms that may signal postpartum depression:
What tips did you use for staying positive and healthy after your baby was born? What adjustments in your lifestyle were the hardest to make?
NorthShore offers a free, 24-hour crisis hotline at 866.364.MOMS (6667). This confidential line is staffed by licensed mental health professionals.
Think for a moment of all the things that you do on a daily basis that require good eyesight—making meals, driving to
work or to run errands, checking your email, counting money or watching television. Since proper eyesight is so important to everything we do, being proactive with prevention and not overlooking problems as they develop is a must.
Just like working to maintain a healthy weight, taking care of your eyesight can also become part of your daily routine.
Marian Macsai, MD, Ophthalmologist at NorthShore, offers these quick tips on how you can protect your eyes and maintain vision health:
What do you currently do to protect your eyes and maintain healthy vision? Do you know your family’s eye health history?
There are many supplements on the market to help treat arthritis pain—some more widely accepted and used than others. One
of the more common supplements, glucosamine, has become a popular treatment option, but has also been under some debate about its effectiveness.
Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, Director of the Integrative Medicine program, says that clinically she has seen that glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM has been helpful for
treating arthritic pain. However, she also recommends that if you have concerns you can go off of it. If your arthritis pain comes back and you haven’t done anything differently, you can always go back on it. It can have interactions with medications like
the blood thinner, warfarin, so be sure to check with your doctor whether you may safely take this supplement.
She also provides some tips and recommendations for alternative treatment methods of mild-to- moderate arthritis:
What methods do you employ to reduce pain? Have you seen a connection between your lifestyle (diet, sleep and stress levels) with your pain?
The first year of your baby’s life will involve various dietary changes. For the first three to four months, your infant will only
need breast milk or formula.
As your baby begins to hold his head up, is teething and shows interest in food (at around four to six months), you can start to introduce pureed foods and cereals (iron-fortified) into his diet.
This transition may be messy at first. Over time your baby will become more independent (and interested!) in feeding himself. When do you know it is a good time to hand the spoon over?
Sharon Robinson, MD, Pediatrician, at NorthShore provides some tips on how you can transition your child from being spoon-fed to beginning to eat on his own:
When did your kids start eating solid foods? How old were they when they began feeding themselves? What were some of their favorite foods?
A common condition amongst both young and old women is pelvic organ prolapse. This condition happens when the uterus
or vagina gets displaced and drops down.
While many women tend to ignore or live with this often disfiguring and uncomfortable condition, it can also lead to other problems including recurring bladder infections, difficulty emptying bowels and have a negative effect on sexual activity.
Dr. Tomezsko explains the various lines of treatments for prolapse:
According to Dr. Tomezsko, the majority of women can have great improvement with the rehab and non-surgical options.
With all of the pelvic health conditions we have discussed this week, it is important for women to know that many conservative, non-invasive treatment plans exist for these common and chronic conditions.
Did you find the pelvic health information posted this week to be helpful? What other related topics might you be interested in learning more about?
What is an overactive bladder? This condition - more common in older women - is characterized by an urgent and
frequent need to urinate and sometimes results in some leakage of urine before reaching a bathroom. This condition is often successfully treated with behavior modifications and bladder retraining, but can sometimes require additional treatments.
Dr. Tomezsko walks us through the common techniques for treating an overactive bladder:
How much liquid do you drink on a daily basis? Do you find that you have to go to the bathroom more frequently when you don’t regulate your intake?
We’ll be featuring a series of posts over the next week about the symptoms and treatment options for various common chronic pelvic health conditions in women.
Chronic pelvic health conditions in women—including urinary leakage, overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse—are
common and affect 20-40 percent of the adult female population. The good news is that they are generally very treatable with conservative, non-surgical methods, or minimally invasive surgical methods.
Urinary leakage caused by a cough, sneeze or doing exercise (otherwise known as stress incontinence) is quite common in younger women. It can affect a woman’s daily life—limiting an active lifestyle, playing with kids, etc.
Janet Tomezsko, MD a urogynecologist at NorthShore’s
Center for Pelvic Health gives her advice about common urinary leakage treatments:
Does it surprise you to know that 20-40% of women at one point in their lives will have a pelvic health condition? What education and resources would be most helpful to you for learning more?
As the summer approaches, many of us will spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather and the sunshine. While the sunshine can be good for you by improving your mood and giving you a boost in Vitamin D, without the proper protection it can also be harmful
to your skin and body.
Aaron Dworin, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, offers his advice on how to protect your skin and limit your risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma:
How often are you outside in the warmer months? What do you do to protect yourself from the sun?
Dairy in your diet can make a real difference. Not only may consuming dairy products reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes,
but it may also help reduce your risk of osteoporosis and hypertension, help you maintain a healthy body weight and play a beneficial role in cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
With all of these potential health benefits it’s recommended to have 3-4 servings of dairy each day.
Melissa Joy Dobbins, registered dietitian at NorthShore, shares ways she serves up dairy with her family to ensure everyone gets the recommended 3-4 daily servings.
Reduced Fat Cheese
Are you getting the daily dairy you should? What tips do you have to reach the recommended servings?
What do you do if you are around someone having a seizure? If you’ve had a seizure, what lifestyle changes do you need to make
to reduce your risk of further injury? These are important questions to consider when dealing with epilepsy.
Jaishree Narayanan, MD, Neurologist at NorthShore, provides her insight on ways to assist someone having a seizure and what you should do after suffering from a seizure:
Aside from never putting anything into a person’s mouth suffering from a seizure or forcibly holding them down, the following guidelines
(TRUST) should be followed:
After a Seizure: Precautions to Consider
After suffering from a seizure it is important to limit your risk for injury if another episode should occur. This can be done by following the precautions below:
Were the above tips helpful? Would you feel comfortable knowing what to do now if someone around you was suffering from a seizure?
Have questions about seizures and epilepsy? Join Sofia Dobrin, MD for an online chat on Thursday, May 3 from 12-1p.m.
Submit your early questions.