Tamsen Carson, Physician’s Assistant
The biggest concern with pregnancy after age 35 is the increased risk for genetic problems, specifically Down’s Syndrome. That risk increases exponentially the older you get, so if you are 35 your risk for the baby having Down’s Syndrome is 1 in 350. If you are 40 the risk goes up to 1 in 85, then up to 1 in 35 at age 45.
Because the risk for genetic problems is increased, the risk of miscarriage increases. Severe cramping and bleeding are a few indicators of a possible miscarriage.
The most important part of pregnancy at this age is preparedness; you …
Katie Louvat, Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Loka
Guest blogger Katie Louvat, a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Loka, shared this simple exercise to promote heart health in honor of Heart Month.
A powerful tool for supporting the health of your heart lies right under your nose… it’s your breath.
Draw a deep, slow breath into your lungs through your nose and then exhale slowly and completely. Repeat this instruction two or three times and then pause and notice how you feel. More calm? Refreshed? Relaxed? Focused?
Conscious breath work, or pranayama, can cultivate feelings of …
Karen Meskimen, DNP, RN
In light of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, let’s spread awareness of heart attack signs and symptoms that could save a life. Since the symptoms women experience are often different than those a man experiences, awareness is truly the heart of the matter.
Most common warning signs of heart attack:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
- pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
- Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
Women may have other, less common, warning signs of heart attack:
- Atypical chest …