Just four periods a year. That's just another of the fringe benefits women will reap from the first and only extended-cycle oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
On the birth of her daughter, Simona Nielsen took a 26-week maternity leave from her job as a stock trader. Her firm footed half the bill, and the government kicked in the other half. Her husband, also a professional, opted for a two-week leave — at full salary. Both their employers were completely supportive; they considered parental leave a natural and necessary provision for the health of the entire family. How did the Nielsens manage to get such generous benefits when so many new parents can take a fraction of that time — without pay?
When Jennifer first discovered she was pregnant, she was elated. Her excitement, however, was soon replaced by nausea and vomiting. Within a few months, her morning sickness became so bad she had lost 20 pounds and had been hospitalized twice for dehydration. Jennifer had hyperemesis gravidarum, the medical term for more serious morning sickness.
My OB/GYN patted me on the shoulder. "Your uterus and ovaries are normal, and your health is excellent," he said, smiling. "I'd say you've got at least a couple more years of baby-making in you." It was exactly the vote of confidence I needed. I was turning 40 and my fiancé and I planned to have a child together as soon as we got married. Since my two boys (then 6 and 8) had both been conceived on literally the first attempt, I had no reason to doubt my doctor's prognosis. There was just one problem. He was wrong.
The choice to be a stay-at-home mom is a personal one, and a decision not to be made in haste. While opting to remain home with your children can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, it also presents an assortment of challenges.
Menstrual periods may soon be passé, according to several leading women’s health experts. Sound too good to be true?
Conventional advice used to steer pregnant women away from antidepressant drugs, but new research suggests there may be more risk to the child if the mother's depression isn't treated during pregnancy.
: “Through labor, I felt no pain at all,” says Amy Moore of Riverside, describing the delivery of her second child nine months ago. “And I didn’t always practice my visualization.” Regardless, Moore’s participation in a self-hypnosis birthing program called HypnoBirthing seemed to help anyway.
During my pregnancy, a routine blood test revealed that my cholesterol was above normal. A year after the birth of my daughter, I felt tired, my skin was dry and I couldn't lose the remaining five pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I attributed this to being in my mid-30s and recently having a baby. When my HMO plan changed, I had to find a new doctor.
When Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s book, Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, was published last year, it caused a furor.
Many mothers attest to never feeling quite as ‘together’ as in their pre-baby days. But those who seem to barely miss a beat amidst the whirlwind of activity say it all boils down to flexibility, planning, and support — and a lot of smoke and mirrors.
A new report suggests that male babies are more likely to be born from a prolonged pregnancy than females. Based on the most recent data, a pregnancy is deemed prolonged if it lasts 41 weeks or longer.
Many women know that taking folic acid, or folate, before and during early pregnancy can help protect their unborn babies from neural tube defects. Now a study shows that folic acid also helps to prevent early miscarriages.
For nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, first try changing your diet, says Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology, in a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
`` Researchers at the University of Washington examined 182 women aged 18 to 39 between 1994 and 1999 who were receiving Depo-Provera injections.
If you're pregnant or have had a child in the past few years, you've probably heard about cord blood banking, which allows umbilical stem cells to be stored cryogenically, under liquid nitrogen.
When it comes to her health and well-being, Alsuna Roland, a 49-year-old Staten Island-based nutritionist, doesn’t like to take chances. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she gladly sings the praises of a new, non-painful and highly accurate breast imaging technique called Miraluma.
A couple of months ago, I had heard two fabulous but scary words: “You’re pregnant!” Fearing the weight issue, my doctor had handed me a brochure on prenatal yoga that brought a lot of questions to my mind: How would yoga help me stay fit?
Four years ago, Laurie Fett, a vice president at the midtown Manhattan office of the cable network, Showtime, was in Ray Gutierrez’s office when the telephone rang. His executive assistant, Elaine Reda, took the call. It was from an employee who had recently returned to work after giving birth, and she wanted permission from Gutierrez, executive vice president of human resources, to use the handicapped bathroom so she could express milk. “Elaine and I said we couldn’t have her pumping on the toilet bowl. The boss said, ‘What do you need?’ Within days we had a room,” says Fett.
Landmark Survey Finds Childbirth Interventions Vexing: First national survey of its kind shows mothers hi-tech, but happy
"She huffed, and she puffed, and she huffed, and she puffed, and finally, out came a perfect little boy . . . " Have you ever wondered if other women's experiences during childbirth and the postpartum period were similar to yours? Most likely you have, because the majority of women are fascinated by birth stories, including our own.
These are confusing times for women in their years preceding or at menopause, whose total population is currently estimated at 54 million. Last year, studies indicate, they spent $2.75 billion on hormone replacement therapy drugs (HRT); for reference, that's comparable to peak Prozac sales.
A new oral contraceptive, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and available by prescription, can actually improve moderate acne and help maintain clearer skin. The ORTHO TRI-CYLCLEN LO tablets are an important new birth control option because they offer a dose of hormones that contain smaller amounts of estrogen; and a progestin derivative, called norgestimate, which has been associated with low rates of such side effects as weight gain, acne and facial hair growth.
Using Ground Zero and its surrounding areas as their Petrie dish, a team of Columbia University researchers have been working around the clock to determine precisely how the attack on the World Trade Center affected pregnant moms and their newborns. And so far, so good, researchers report of their progress.
Women in 2002 have a growing number of contraceptive options to choose from — old standards like the birth control pill or the diaphragm, and newer methods such as injectable hormone shots or the recently-approved birth control patch.