Healing Philly Blog
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Having symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can make life feel anything but normal. Having no idea if or when your period is on its way, abnormal hair growth, acne, fatigue and difficulty maintaining a healthy weight can all cause extreme distress. If you do start trying to conceive, those first few months can feel like you’re chasing a moving target, and that’s assuming you’re actually ovulating (which not everyone with PCOS does). It all adds up to a decreased quality of life that many women have a hard time finding answers and solutions for.
Four women (of all ages!) share what their health means to them.
“Yea, that’s normal.”
A common, though not comforting, refrain pregnant women often hear when they tell a doctor or a midwife about the ever-changing symptoms they experience throughout the 9 months they’re sharing their body with another human. As a first-timer, I was particularly upset when I heard this from my midwife as I described the sharp, shooting pain running down my backside any time I moved. I had heard it in my other visits when I answered the question, “so, how are you feeling?” but this time was different – this was completely debilitating, and it being normal wasn’t going to cut it.
As technology, social media, and our hyper-connectedness are ever present in our lives today, each year we go through waves of content from every which direction about surviving the holidays, shredding for summer, and of course, now, Spring cleaning.
Join Steve and Yoga Instructor Gwen Soffer from Enso Yoga for a unique Yoga and Acupuncture class on November 17th from 6-8pm. All proceeds go to Nationalities Service Center.
Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, and as someone who spends most of my days surrounded by pretty amazing women, I thought it was a good opportunity to give a shout out to some of the women I admire who are doing great things in our area in the fields of health and fitness.
It was like a finely timed punch to the belly. Explosive and literally gut-wrenching. It snapped me out of my colonoscopy drug induced haze. The Doc said, “you have a tumor in your ascending colon. I want you to get it out next week, don’t wait, and then you’ll be fine.” Wow - that was mortality right up in my grill. I was 55, with a 1-year-old baby, a wonderful wife and feeling good about life. So, I did what the Doc said...and I’m still here 13 years later.
When you are expecting a baby, your mental and physical well-being is often considered secondary to that of the life growing inside of you. However, taking the time to nurture yourself will have many positive effects on both you and your baby’s health. Pregnancy is a perfect opportunity to indulge and engage in self-care; all while doing what is also best for your baby. Here are some tips to help you maintain your balance throughout your pregnancy.
It’s that time of year…amongst the positives can also be some negatives. The likeliness of getting colds and flus, going off your regular diet, stress, busy days and an overabundance of good cheer or the opposite – isolation or loneliness over the holidays – can wreak havoc on your health and wellbeing. Here are a few strategies to get the most enjoyment out of the holidays without paying a high price in health, energy and emotions!