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Understanding Mental Health

According to Healthy People 2020, 8.5 percent of women in the United States reported having a major depressive episode in 2015. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that perinatal depression affects one in seven women in the U.S. What is mental health? Mental … Read more

Postpartum Depression Affects 1 in 5 Mothers

By: Brooke Kyle, MD When I was in residency I had a friend who seemed to “be doing it all:” she was a magazine editor, had a brand new baby, great family, seemed bubbly and happy. At 6 weeks postpartum she killed her baby in … Read more

Heart Disease and Pregnancy

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States? The restriction of blood flow to your major organs and limbs as a result of cholesterol accumulation and the hardening of your arteries cause heart disease. According … Read more

Heart Disease and Women

Heart disease or cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 600,000 lives in the US alone in 2016. Heart disease causes serious health issues, such as heart attack and stroke, which can affect individuals throughout their … Read more

Exercise and Pregnancy

Physical fitness is important for maintaining health before, during, and after pregnancy. Hormonal changes during your pregnancy may affect your energy levels, blood flow, oxygen flow, and overall disposition, especially during the first trimester when your body is still adjusting to drastic hormonal changes. This … Read more

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings many changes. One major change is weight gain. Gaining additional weight is normal during pregnancy and can be a sign of a healthy, growing fetus. But weight gain during pregnancy can also be the result of several additional factors. How much weight gain … Read more

What Are the Signs of Menopause?

Menopause is a pivotal point in a woman’s life and can take a significant toll on general health, mood, and lifestyle. Normally, your menstrual cycle is governed and regulated by your sex hormone cycle, or the regularly occurring estrogen and progesterone patterns. Perimenopause, the time … Read more

Common Fertility Issues

Fertility issues are fairly common and affect both men and women. The American Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians highlights the fact that infertility can be caused by a number of factors, but is most often associated with problems occurring within the reproductive system. More specifically, … Read more

Nutrition During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most thrilling and transformative events in your life, and deciding on a nutritional regimen can become either overwhelming or unpalatable, depending on your cravings. As your baby develops, you may notice that your dietary needs change constantly or become … Read more

The Importance of Annual Exams

When was the last time you had an annual wellness visit with your gynecologist? Perhaps a year ago? Maybe two? Life can be busy, and for most women, daily obligations often make it difficult to find time for important things like doctors appointments.  However, when … Read more