Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating and purging. Bulimics purge by either inducing vomiting or by abusing laxatives and diuretics. Some do all three. Read the rest of this entry »
Anorexia nervosa, often just referred to as anorexia, is a disorder caused by severe self-imposed dieting. This most commonly affects teenage girls, but anorexia can affect all ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds as well as both males and females. Read the rest of this entry »
The root of many eating disorders seems to be emotional or psychological. Oftentimes, they run in families, so if you have (or still are) suffered an eating disorder, you need to be especially vigilant in watching your children for possible signs of an eatiing disorder. Read the rest of this entry »
Life changes and long term stress is often cited as common triggers for depression. Some people are genetically more prone to depression triggers than others. Read the rest of this entry »
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is also commonly known as the winter blues. This is a mental health problem that strikes men and women during the months when there isn’t as much sunlight. Read the rest of this entry »
Some people have trouble diciphering if they have depression, or just a simple case of the blues. Here are a list of usual symptoms of depression. Read the rest of this entry »
You often hear of anxiety, but not many people realize that some of their seeminly unrelated physical symptoms are due to anxiety. But symptoms of anxiety disappear once the cause is eliminated. Read the rest of this entry »
Kegel exercises strengthen your pelvic muscles, which prepare you body for labor and delivery. As you practice these exercises more, you will even be able to relax your pelvic muscles, which is a great help for delivery. And finaly, by practicing your Kegel exercises during pregnancy, you will help your vagina bounce back into shape more quickly than if you don’t do Kegels.
The muscles you use to practice Kegels are the same ones you would use to stop the flow of urine midstream (something you are probably already familiar with by doing all the urine tests at the doctor’s office!)
You should do 25-30 Kegels each day, spread out throughout the day. You should hold for approximately 10 seconds each time. If you can’t hold it for 10 seconds each time, even starting at 2 seconds and working your way up to 10 seconds will help your pelvic muscles prepare for pregnancy.
After birth, you should continue to practice to help your vagina get back to pre-pregnancy size.
During pregnancy, your body undergoes massive changes, both physical and hormonal, not to mention emotional changes. Pregnancy can cause your cartilage to become softer and loser, in preparation for the flexibility in your hips during birth. Read the rest of this entry »