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Delivering Your Baby: Fact vs. Fiction

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The time has finally come. After 9 months of anticipation and excitement as you waited to deliver your little bundle of joy. And while you’ve done the research and prepared yourself for this magical moment, it’s nearly impossible to plan for everything you’ll encounter once it’s actually time to deliver your baby.
From horror stories, to unbelievably serene childbirths, expecting moms hear it all. With so much information out there, whether its books written by experts or the personal experiences of friends and family, it can be difficult to know what childbirth is actually like.
The bottom line is, even with so many helpful resources out there, not everything you’ve heard about delivering a baby is true. So to help you navigate this life-changing experience, let’s take a closer look at and debunk some of the most common delivery myths to ease your pre-baby mind.
You can induce labor on your own.
Fiction. Between bumpy car rides, eating spicy food and drinking castor oil, there are nu…

8 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Doctor's Appointment

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While many people may not realize it, your relationship with your primary care provider is one of the most important for your overall health. You should be able to trust your primary care provider with your most private health issues and concerns, and you should feel certain he or she is your partner in good health.
Because your primary care provider is the health expert that knows you best, it’s essential to find the right one for you. This doesn’t just mean finding a provider that accepts your insurance; instead, you should consider additional qualities, like their specialty, their experience and your comfort level with them.
How to find Dr. Right
Look for a health care provider when you're healthy. If you aren’t feeling well, you won't have the time or energy to carefully gather information about the qualifications or qualities of a new health care provider.
Consider what’s important to you. Don’t be shy about asking questions related to your care, including things like:
How ca…

Do You Enjoy Walking & Running Outside?

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Is This PMS Symptom Normal? Signs It May Be Something More

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For a lot of women, the only thing more miserable than having their period is having the bloating, cramping, mood swings, back pain and pure exhaustion that often accompany it. In addition to being uncomfortable, premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, can be downright stressful and confusing when you don’t fully understand your body’s symptoms.
Because PMS varies month by month and woman by woman, how do you actually know what’s normal? On top of that, could some of your symptoms be an indication of other health conditions? GMC’s Women’s Health Navigator, Sheila Warren, RN, shares her expertise on what some of the most common PMS symptoms, and what symptoms may be cause for concern. 
Spotting PMS Symptoms: Normal vs. Abnormal
Acne. During menstruation, estrogen levels decrease while progesterone levels increase which ramps up your body’s production of sebum, an oily substance on your skin. While menstruation may increase the likelihood of acne, once your hormone levels balance out again, your a…

Meet Your Trauma Team

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When hearing the words traumatic injury, first responders, like EMS, and emergency room specialists are the usually the first medical providers to come to mind. And while these experts are essential to the overall trauma care process, at GMC there’s actually an entire trauma team that works together to evaluate and care for patients with traumatic injuries.
In the event of a traumatic injury, the trauma team coordinates with a wide array of experienced specialists to ensure the most thorough and customized care possible.  Here’s a quick look at some of the experts you can expect to be a part of your trauma team:
Trauma Specialists:
Trauma surgeons receive specialized training to be able to effectively evaluate, diagnose, stabilize and manage trauma patients. As soon as a trauma patient arrives at the emergency room, the trauma surgeon is actively involved in the care process. Starting with an assessment of the patient, the trauma surgeon is able to identify the seriousness of injuries,…

Easy Ways To De-Stress At Lunch

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For a lot of people, stress is a built-in part of the workday. And lunchtime offers a valuable break and time to relax and unwind. But if you're forcing yourself to socialize at lunch, you may be robbing yourself of the downtime you need.
When it comes to reducing stress and fatigue at work, research has shown that it's important to feel you're in control of how you spend your lunchtime and who you spend it with.
So, if you're sharing a pizza with co-workers because that's what you want to do, you'll be giving yourself a much-needed break. But if you feel pressured into eating with co-workers or your boss, your lunch break may feel more like work.
In fact, it can be less stressful to eat in your own space, if that's what you want to do. Researchers have found that people who spend their lunchtime doing something relaxing that they've chosen to do have the least fatigue at the end of the day.
But even working through lunch can reduce stress and fatigue if pe…

4 Surprising Reasons Women Suffer More Strokes Than Men

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Chances are you’ve heard the common facts about stroke. For instance, maybe you know that a stroke occurs as a result of stopped blood flow to your brain. Or that the most frequent stroke symptoms include facial drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. But did you know that each year women suffer more strokes than men?
Not only will nearly 452,500 women suffer a stroke this year, it is believed that women will also have a worse recovery after stroke. With staggering statistics like these, it’s important for every woman to know the specific stroke risk factors women face and some of the stroke symptoms that are unique to women.
4 surprising risk factors
When it comes to stroke prevention, simple lifestyle changes like routinely exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and managing high blood pressure and/or cholesterol can make a big difference. However, for women stroke prevention doesn’t stop there. Here are 4 unique risk factors women are faced with:
Taking oral contra…