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Planning for Pregnancy? Give Your Body a Prebaby Boost
If you’re trying to conceive—or even considering the possibility—good health is more important than ever. Preparing your body for pregnancy could make the difference between success and failure. Here’s how:

Postpartum Depression vs. Postpartum Anxiety: Know the Difference
Being a new mom is exciting, but it can also be stressful. You’re adjusting to a major change in your life. Meanwhile, your hormones are in flux, and you may be seriously sleep-deprived. It’s understandable if you occasionally feel a little blue or anxious. But sometimes a more serious, long-lasting form of anxiety or depression can develop.

‘Are My Menstrual Cycles Normal?’
Menstrual cycles vary from woman to woman. What’s a normal cycle? And what’s something you should get checked out? Here’s how to tell the difference.

Folate Could Safeguard Your Health and Your Baby's
Folate, a type of B vitamin, helps the body make new red blood cells. Not getting enough folate is a serious issue, as it can lead to anemia and other health problems.

Women: Midlife Isn’t Too Late to Slash Stroke Risk
Ask women their health fears, and breast cancer often tops the list. But twice as many will eventually succumb to stroke. Each year, more women than men die of stroke. What’s more, strokes are the leading cause of preventable disability in the U.S.


4 Tips for Living with a Pelvic Floor Disorder
When there’s a problem with the sheet of muscle that forms the base of the pelvic cavity, life-disrupting and unpleasant symptoms can result, including leaking or difficulty urinating, below-the-belt pain or discomfort, trouble controlling or moving the bowels, and frequent urinary tract infections.

3 Reasons for Your Painful Periods
They come like clockwork right before your period. As your bleeding starts, they worsen. But within a few days, they subside. If this describes your cramps, you can probably blame them on prostaglandins.

Older Adults: Preventive Screenings Are Key for Living a Healthy Life
Preventive health screenings are important at every stage of life. They can prevent diseases and also detect problems early, when treatments work best. Unfortunately, only a quarter of adults ages 50 to 64 and less than half of adults ages 65 and older are getting the preventive care they need.

Why Well-Woman Visits Are Important—And What to Ask
Ladies, it’s time to rethink your annual exam. Yearly well-woman visits with your healthcare provider—often with an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN)—offer way more for your well-being than the pelvic exam and Pap test that likely come to mind.

Does Social Media Motivate or Discourage You to Work Out?
It’s a question we often wonder—does scrolling through social media have a positive or negative effect on our well-being? When it comes to fitness-related posts, there isn’t a clear answer.

Can Surgery Solve Breastfeeding Woes?
Up to 12% of babies have a condition formally known as ankyloglossia. The membranes securing their tongues are thick, tight, short, or attached to the front of the organ. As a result, their tongues can’t move freely.
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