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Benefits of Walking in Women’s Health

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Benefits of Walking in Women’s Health

Many people are so neglectful and ignorant of the health benefits of walking.  But factually, walking as a hobby is healthy and can help you stay in shape. Below are few facts you should know about walking.

  1. Walking is simple, easy, free and yet powerful.
  2. Walking can help you stay trim and fit
  3. Walking can help, improve cholesterol levels.
  4. Walking can help strengthen your bones,
  5. Regular walking can help keep blood pressure in check,
  6. Daily walking can also help lift your mood
  7. Walking can also lower your risk for a number of diseases (diabetes and heart disease for example).
  8. Walking can also help improve memory and resist age-related memory loss

Recommendations

  1. So, please, form the habit of daily walk.
  2. Get a well-fitting and supportive pair of sport shoes.
  3. Then start with walking for about 10-15 minutes at a time daily.
  4. With time, as you master walking, increase the time and start to walk farther
  5. With time, start walking faster
  6. Then increase your walking to at least 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week.

Thank you

Dr. Chudi Godsons

Reference & Photo Credit

Harvard Health 

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At What Age Should a Child Start Using Roll on (Deodorant/ Antiperspirant)?

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At What Age Should a Child Start Using Roll on (Deodorant/ Antiperspirant)?

Discussion 
Guess what, your kids will not be kids forever, matter of fact, these days, they grow up so fast.! With growth and development comes bodily changes, which ushers in puberty.
Lately kids start puberty very early, though this may start at different ages, generally girls begin earlier than boys, at about 8 years, whereas boys begin puberty at about 9 years. This is not constant, this can vary
So, to answer your question, the best time to introduce roll on is at puberty!
During puberty, kids undergo physical bodily changes, they grow taller, girls begin to develop breasts, and a young man’s voice may deepen. Then, the big one, this is also when children start growing body hair (arm pit, groin areas). And with this, as underarm hair develops, you may notice a distinct odor coming from your child, same is also applicable from hairs in the groin.
Conventionally, most parents make the mistake of waiting till teenage years to start/ introduce wearing deodorant.
Please, note, some kids develop body odor at a much younger age, with the advent of body hair. So, it is not uncommon for a girl or boy to need deodorant as early as 8, 9, or 10 years old. This is especially important if your kids are active and playful. Also, if you live I hot zones, like Africa.
Some parents may worry that their child is too young for deodorant, but be rest assured, there are some kids’ friendly deodorants out there. And of truth, there’s no specific age for a child to start wearing deodorant.
So, please, the onus and decision is on you, you have to make a decision based on what, you know and the situation with your kids, and what is best for them.
Thank you
Dr. Chudi Godson
ATG
Maternal & Child Health Consultant

Reference
Healthline
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Natural Deodorant For Kids – WordPress.com

Newborn Baby’s Weight: Can the Mother’s Weight and Diet Affect It?

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Newborn Baby’s Weight: Can the Mother’s Weight and Diet Affect It?

#Discussion

Most pregnant women worry about the size of their baby, whether the baby will be big, normal or small!

Generally, no woman wants to give birth to a 10-pound baby or a very low birth weight baby.

The major concerns are

  1. Will the weight of the mother affect the size/ weight of the baby?
  2. Will diet a pregnant woman is on affect the size and weight of the baby?
  3. Will the family history of the pregnant woman affect the size and weight of the baby?
  4. Most pregnant women will be wondering if there are any dietary changes they can make to have an average-size baby.

Facts

  1. Yes, a woman’s diet can/ might have some effect on the size of her new born baby, however the mechanism for this effect is not fully understood. There are other factors typically are at play in the case of large babies.
  2. From current research, they opined that, the more weight you gain and also the larger you grow throughout your pregnancy, the larger your baby likely will be, according to the Children’s Hospital of Boston.
  3. Many studies have shown that mothers who are [of a higher weight] at the start of their pregnancy have babies who are more likely to be heavier—but is it not clear whether the mother being [heavier] causes her baby to be bigger at birth
  4. Also, the size of your newborn can be determined by familial traits. So, if your parents are large, and you are also large together with your partner, then your chances of having a large baby are greater.
  5. So, here is the deal, in order to avoid a very large or small bay, you MUST ensure you monitor your weight gain throughout your pregnancy.
  6. Generally, the Institute of Medicine has determined that if you were underweight before getting pregnant, you should gain 28 to 40 pounds throughout the course of your pregnancy.
  7. However, if you were average weight, you should gain 25 to 35 pounds.
  8. If you were overweight, you need to gain 15 to 25 pounds in the coming months.
  9. Finally, if you were obese before becoming pregnant, you should gain 11 to 20 pounds while pregnant.
  10. Generally, it is VERY important to observe these weight gain goals, so you will optimize your chances of having a happy and healthy bundle of joy.
  11. The more you eat, the more weight YOU will gain however if your weight goes up too much or you are eating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates sometimes (in some cases and Im not saying this will happen to you) leads to gestational diabetes and an increase in your blood glucose which your baby will absorb and that will make your baby grow bigger and put you at risk of having to deliver early.
  12. Factually, being overweightor obese in pregnancy does cause babies to be born larger, and so does having higher blood sugar, which can lead to gestational diabetes

Recommendations/ Advice

When you are pregnant, the watch word is moderation and adequate diet. Please make sure you maintain a healthy weight.  And if prior to becoming pregnant, you’re overweight or obese, please talk to your doctor about how best to manage your weight in order to keep your baby’s size on target.

Please, REMEMBER, in Pregnancy, YOU MUST EAT RIGHT, SO THAT YOUR BABY WILL GET ADEQUATE DIET AND ALL THE NUTRIENT TO DEVELOP PROPERLY. Pregnancy is not a time for dieting, but your doctor can give you strategies for healthy eating and moderate exercise that can help ensure a healthy birth weight for your baby.

PLEASE DO NOT EMBARK ON ANY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY DURING PREGNANY! BEWARE! Make sure you attend all routine prenatal checkups, which include checking blood pressure and glucose.

Finally, note that “A healthy birth weight reflects how well the baby has grown and developed in the womb,” according to expert.

 

Thank You

Dr. Chudi Godsons

References & Photo Credit

CDC

WHO

Mayo Clinic

BabyCenter

Brief On Cervical Mucus And Fertility

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Brief On Cervical Mucus And Fertility

 In simple terms, cervical mucus is a fluid secreted by the cervix, the production of which is stimulated by the hormone estrogen. Throughout your menstrual cycle, the amount and quality of cervical mucus that is produced fluctuates, and by observing these changes you can begin to predict the most fertile days in your cycle.

As you approach ovulation, your estrogen levels begin to surge, which causes your cervix to secrete more cervical mucus that is of a so-called “fertile quality”. This fertile-quality cervical mucus, also known as egg white cervical mucus (EWCM), is clear and stretchy, similar to the consistency of egg whites, and is the perfect protective medium for sperm in terms of texture and pH.

Having enough egg white cervical mucus during your fertile window actually improves your chances of conceiving. And, by noticing when your body is producing egg white cervical mucus, you will be able to identify your most fertile days. The most accurate way to identify changes in your cervical mucus is to collect and observe a sample of mucus on a daily basis. To do this, wash and dry your hands well, then insert your middle or index finger into your vagina, getting as close to your cervix as possible. You may also notice cervical mucus when you use toilet paper to wipe.

You can use either method (checking at your cervix or when you wipe); just make sure you are consistent in using the same method each day. Remove your finger and observe the consistency of the mucus sample by rolling the mucus between your thumb and finger, pressing your fingers together, and then slowly moving them apart.

The following information describes the typical progression of the cervical mucus quantity and quality you can expect to see as you move through your menstrual cycle:

  1. After your menstrual period: The production of cervical mucus is at its lowest immediately following your period, and some women report “dryness” during this time. But, over the next several days, more mucus will become present, and it will likely be yellow, cloudy, or white in color, and somewhat sticky the touch.
  2. As Your Ovulation Date Approaches: As you enter your fertile window, your cervical mucus will increase in quantity and moistness. Its color may be cream-like in appearance.
  3. At the Time of Ovulation: In the days immediately preceding ovulation, the production of cervical mucus will be at its highest and the consistency and color of the mucus will be similar to egg whites. Once you detect the presence of this fertile-quality cervical mucus, you will know you are in your most fertile days.
  4. After Ovulation: After ovulation, the quantity of cervical mucus begins to decline and become thicker in consistency.

Thank you.

Dr. Chudi Godsons

References & Photo Credit

  • Conceive Success
  • Mayo Clinic
  • WebMD

Fast Heartbeats During Pregnancy, Should You be Worried?

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 Fast Heartbeats During Pregnancy, Should You be Worried?

Case

Doc, I am 26 weeks pregnant, I noticed that my heart beats very fast, anytime I exhaust myself. I am worried. Please help.

#Discussion

Here is the deal, pregnancy changes everything! Nothing stays the same when you are pregnant, it changes your whole-body systems. One of the key systems that change during pregnancy is your cardiovascular system (your heart and blood vessels}).

Normally with pregnancy, you will have increase in blood volume and also increase in metabolism, which will lead to increase in oxygen consumption. Apart from the visible protruding belly, so many other things go on inside. The increase in blood volume is common, and should not be a cause for alarm.

Normally, the extra blood in your body will lead to abrupt increase heart rates to about 25 percent faster than usual (pre-pregnancy state).  With the faster heart rate, this can result in occasional heart palpitations.  You will suddenly start feeling the fast and fluttering activities of your heart. This is compensatory as your heart is trying to meet up with increase metabolic demands which come pregnancy.

Please, note, most times, heart palpitations can be normal and not harmful during pregnancy. However, it is very important to note the possibility of, underlying health condition. If it continues, go and see your doctor immediately.

Thank you

Dr. Chudi Godsons

Reference & Photo Credit

Mayo Clinic

WebMD

YouTube

Do You Know the Common Pregnancy Signs?

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Do You Know the Common Pregnancy Signs?

These includes:

  1. A missed menstrual period
  2. Nausea or vomiting (Popularly termed — “morning sickness,”) Please note, you can have them any time of the day.
  3. Food cravings/ aversion especially meats or fatty, fried foods.
  4. Sore and painful nipples or breasts
  5. Unusual fatigue
  6. Frequent urination
  7. Unusual mood swings
  8. Headache
  9. Constipation
  10. Slight bleeding
  11. Cramping
  12. Faintness
  13. Dizziness
  14. Raised basal body temperature
  15. Ultimately, positive pregnancy test (urine/ blood).

Thank you

Dr. Chudi Godsons

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My Doctor Finder

Are You Having Problems with Sleep?

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Theme: Lifestyle and Living

Are You Having Problems with Sleep?

 Try These 10 Food,

Current study shows that when these are consumed regular, they will help you sleep like a baby.

  1. Fortified Cereals
  2. Fish
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Chamomile Tea
  5. Almonds
  6. Bananas
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Whole Grains
  10. Yogurt
  11. Milk
  12. Jasmine Rice
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Cherries
  15. Turkey

Go and try it

  • Chudi Godsons

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Spicy Life

Theme : Basic Facts About Prematurity

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#ATGWorldPrematurityDay

Theme : Basic Facts About Prematurity

#Introduction

1. A premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby is due.

2. A premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy.

3. Normally, a pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks.

4. Although the exact cause of preterm birth is often unknown

5. Premature birth gives the baby less time to develop in the womb

6. Premature babies, especially those born earliest, often have complicated medical problems.

7. Premature birth is a complex problem with no single solution

8. About 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States

9. In about half of cases, the cause is unknown

10. Most premature births occur in the late preterm stage.

11. For unknown reasons, black women are more likely to experience premature birth than are women of other races

12. But premature birth can happen to anyone.

13. Many women who have a premature birth have no known risk factors.

#Classification

· Late preterm, born between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy

· Moderately preterm, born between 32 and 34 weeks of pregnancy

· Very preterm, born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy

· Extremely preterm, born at or before 25 weeks of pregnancy

#Symptoms

1. Small size, with a disproportionately large head

2. Sharper looking, less rounded features

3. Fine hair (lanugo) covering much of the body

4. Low body temperature, especially immediately after birth in the delivery room, due to a lack of stored body fat

5. Labored breathing or respiratory distress

6. Lack of reflexes for sucking and swallowing, leading to feeding difficulties

#RiskFactors

1. Having a previous premature birth

2. Pregnancy with twins, triplets or other multiples

3. An interval of less than six months between pregnancies

4. Conceiving through in vitro fertilization

5. Problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta

6. Smoking cigarettes or using illicit drugs

7. Poor nutrition

8. Not gaining enough weight during pregnancy

9. Some infections, particularly of the amniotic fluid and lower genital tract

10. Some chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes

11. Being underweight or overweight before pregnancy

12. Stressful life events, such as the death of a loved one or domestic violence

13. Multiple miscarriages or abortions

14. Physical injury or trauma

#Complications

#Immediate

1. Breathing problems.

2. Heart problems

3. Brain problems.

4. Temperature control problems

5. Gastrointestinal problems.

6. Treating preterm labor

7. Blood problems

8. Metabolism problems.

9. Immune system problems

#LongTerm

1. Cerebral palsy , brain disorders

2. Impaired cognitive skill

3. Vision problems

4. Hearing problems.

5. Dental problems

6. Behavioral and psychological problems.

7. Chronic health issues.

#Treatment

1. At the hospital, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides round-the-clock care for your premature baby.

2. Supportive care

3. Being placed in an incubator.

4. Monitoring of your baby’s vital sign

5. Having a feeding tube

6. Replenishing fluids.

7. Spending time under bilirubin lights.

8. Receiving a blood transfusion

9. Medications

10. Surgery

#Prevention

1. Although the exact cause of preterm birth is often unknown, there are some things that can be done to help women

2. Progesterone supplements:Women who have a history of preterm birth, a short cervix or both factors may be able to reduce the risk of preterm birth with progesterone.

3. Cervical cerclage: This is a surgical procedure that helps prevent premature birth in women pregnant with only one baby who have a history of premature birth or who have a short cervix or both.

4. Eat a healthy diet even before you get pregnant

5. Calcium supplements

6. Daily low-dose aspirin.

7. Cervical pessary. Women pregnant with just one baby who have a short cervix may reduce their risk of premature birth with a cervical pessary. A pessary is a silicone device that fits around the cervix and may help support the uterus.

8. Reduce chemical exposure. Exposure to phthalates — chemicals used to manufacture many products such as plastic, canned foods, cosmetics, nail polish and hairspray — is associated with a higher risk of premature birth

GOD BLESS ALL PREEMIES

LOVE YOU ALL.

~ Dr. Chudi Godsons

Culled From: Mayo Clinic

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MARCH OF DIMES

Can A Mother’s Age  Affect Fertility, Pregnancy, And Childbirth? 

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Can A Mother’s Age  Affect Fertility, Pregnancy, And Childbirth?

Brief

In reproductive health, age matters, especially the age of the woman involved. Normally starting a family is strictly a very personal decision by the couples. It is a case of different strokes, for different folks! Before you start your family, if is very important to address the following key questions:

  • Are you ready emotionally?
  • Are you ready financially?
  • Are you ready physically?

With the advent of reliable and effective contraceptives many couples have more control than ever over if and when they should have kids, and how many to have.  So many women are choosing to wait.

While the decision regarding procreation is solely in the hands of the couples, it is however important to acknowledge the role of age in general fertility.  Current research shows that many women don’t even realize how quickly their fertility can drop with age! A greater number of women, also don’t even know how early they can start having babies. The unfortunate thing about age, once it’s gone, you cannot retrieve it.  Please note, in fertility treatments cannot always make up for that decline in fertility.

So many couples are exploring the advantages and benefits to delaying child-bearing.  Some women might want time:

  1. To take advantage of valuable work and make some money
  2. Fulfill an educational, or personal opportunities.

In summary, increased age can make it more difficult for your body to achieve pregnancy. So, it is pertinent important for women and their partners to understand how age can affect, not just fertility, but pregnancy, and childbirth. Women, should also know what extent medical technologies can help.

Important Facts

  • Generally, in women, fertility starts to decline markedly by the age of 35.
  • However, please note, fertility varies from woman to woman and unfortunately, there is no way to reliably predict fertility decline.
  • Women often lose their ability to conceive years before they have the first symptoms of menopause.
  • Fertility declines mainly because of a decrease in the number and quality of eggs in your ovaries.
  • Naturally, the loss of eggs begins even before you are born, as an unborn female has 6 to 7 million eggs; at birth she has 1 to 2 million; by menopause, only a few hundred remain.
  • The condition of your eggs also changes as you age; they have a higher rate of chromosomal anomalies, which increases your chances of early miscarriage.
  • Also, as you get older, you are more likely to have experienced other medical problems – such as endometriosis, fibroids, tubal disease, or polyps – which can reduce your fertility.

Thank you

Dr. Chudi Godson

Reference

  • Mayo Clinic
  • WebMD
  • BabyCenter

Early Morning Erections in Men, Normal or Abnormal?

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#ATGMorningErections.

Men’s Corner

Topic : Early Morning Erections in Men, Normal or Abnormal?

#Discussion

Here is the deal, this phenomenon is COMPLETELY normal, and this can happen to all males, including male fetus inside the womb.

So, I am very sure most men, if not all men can relate to this morning phenomenon. In the same vein, if you are an observant partner, you probably also noticed this occurrence. This condition is called nocturnal penile tumescence. It is also called morning “wood.”

So the big questions are,

1. Why, exactly, does this happen?

2. Is it ever a sign of a problem?

The good news is that it is normal. Normally, erections in men are controlled by the nervous system, located in the brain and spinal cord. The particular part of the nervous system that controls erections is “the sacral nerve, which is a part of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is where it gets medical! NEVER MIND!

The parasympathetic nervous system is active when you’re asleep, so erections sometimes happen in your sleep.

On the contrary, the sympathetic nervous system is what prepares you for action — the fight or flight response.

These two systems work hand in hand, so the penises can become erect and then flaccid again several times in the course of one night.

However, you’re just more likely to notice it when you wake up. Also, morning erections can be caused by full bladder, You can also have wet dreams, during sleep , which is also under the control of your parasympathetic nervous system. While dreaming, sometimes you can have an erotic dream, which can certainly result in an erection and maybe ejaculation.

So in summary, morning erections is NORMAL and can occur at any age, and like I said earlier even male fetuses have erections in utero!.

So, what if you suddenly lost your morning erections, Can it be a sign of erectile dysfunction?

Oh, well, erectile dysfunction is multifactorial, there are so many factors that play a role in it.

1. Diminished neurological function ( Nerve issues)

2. Blood circulation issues vascular issues,

3. Injuries and structural issues

4. psychological

So ED can be caused by any of these, there are sometimes causes, too. It’s sometimes hard to determine what’s causing it.

So , please if you notice any visible change in your sexual appetite and urge, go and see a urologist.

Thank you.

Dr. Chudi Godsons

Reference & Photo Credit

Cleveland Clinic

Erectile Dysfunction Help Center | Causes | Treatment in Beverly Hills

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