What Is Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM)

What is peripartum cardiomyopathy?
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), also known as postpartum cardiomyopathy, is an uncommon form of heart failure that happens during the last month of pregnancy or up to five months after giving birth. Cardiomyopathy literally means heart muscle disease.

PPCM is a dilated form of the condition, which means the heart chambers enlarge and the muscle weakens. This causes a decrease in the percentage of blood ejected from the left ventricle of the heart with each contraction. That leads to less blood flow and the heart is no longer able to meet the demands of the body’s organs for oxygen, affecting the lungs, liver, and other body systems.

PPCM is rare in the United States, Canada, and Europe. About 1,000 to 1,300 women develop the condition in the U.S. each year. In some countries, PPCM is much more common and may be related to differences in diet, lifestyle, other medical conditions or genetics.
— Read on www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiomyopathy/what-is-cardiomyopathy-in-adults/peripartum-cardiomyopathy-ppcm

Quiet Killer

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely poisonous and can kill within minutes. In the US each year, nearly 500 die while as many as 20,000 visit emergency rooms for exposure primarily from poorly-maintained heating systems or gas stoves and gas-powered generators used for heat or power during storms.(cdc)


Texas recently had a horrible snow storm like no other before, it was in my opinion something I thought only happened in places like Colorado, Chicago and Alaska. But when it came it took us all by surprise because the first couple of days we were excited to see the snow because we don’t get snow that often. I think when it didn’t stop snowing and the electricity went out that’s when the problems started, no one was really prepared for what would come next. It came and it took a lot of lives and it wasn’t the snow are the storm that killed them. It was the “Quiet Killer”.

for more information about carbon monoxide the “Quiet Killer” and how to prevent this from happening to you Visit the cdc website https://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/environmentalhealth/quiet-killer-carbon-monoxide.html

Coconut and it’s benefits for women who are pregnant.

Coconut is a really big thing for a lot of people. I use coconut oil for my skin, hair and so many more things, but what we are going to talk about is how it affects women who are pregnant and the benefits it provides.

Coconut water benefits for pregnancy

Coconut water may be refreshing and tasty, but science has yet to conclusively link it to dramatic health claims. However, it does contain some important nutrients and might have some pregnancy-specific benefits.

1. Hydrates

Hey, “water” is right there in the name — and for good reason! Coconut water is about 95 percent pure waterTrusted Source.

“[Coconut water] can be an option during pregnancy, as it is hydrating and provides electrolytes,” says dietitian Alyssa Pike, RD, manager of nutrition communications for the International Food Information Council. If you’re feeling parched, this trendy drink isn’t a bad choice for staying hydrated.

On the other hand, there’s nothing special about coconut water’s hydrating power compared to that of good ol’ H2O. “Water is the gold standard for hydration and less expensive than coconut water,” Pike points out.

2. Replaces lost electrolytes from morning sickness

Who doesn’t love starting their day hurling last night’s dinner into the toilet bowl? Oh, wait, no one.

When nausea and vomiting have you down for the count, it’s possible coconut water’s electrolytes could help your system stabilize. Women with hyperemesis gravidarum — an extreme form of morning sickness — often require added electrolytes to make up for losses from excessive vomiting.

Coconut water contains valuable electrolytes like potassium, sodium, and magnesium.

3. Replenishes lost fluids

Similarly, if morning sickness is making you toss your cookies on repeat, it’s important to replenish the body’s fluid stores. Coconut water is one beverage that will do so without a ton of added sugar.

4. May soothe acid reflux

Ugh, the pain of pregnancy-related heartburn! As your baby bump grows, and progesterone relaxes stomach valves, gastric juice may bubble up into your esophagus, causing discomfort and the dreaded sour burps.

Some pregnant women swear that sipping coconut water soothes their reflux. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support these claims.

5. Contains some nutrients for fetal development

You’ve probably heard how important vitamins and minerals are for your growing baby’s development — hence your doctor’s rec to take your prenatal vitamins. To an extent, coconut water can add to this mix. Depending on the brand, its micronutrients include calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

During pregnancy, magnesium supplementation has been associatedTrusted Source with increased birth weight and reduced risk of preeclampsia. Calcium is another nutrient to watch: “Calcium is essential for bone and teeth development,” notes Pike. But, she cautions, coconut water isn’t a micronutrient catchall for pregnancy.

Although coconut water contains small amounts of some minerals, it’s important to concentrate on consuming a nutrient-dense diet rich in whole foods that provide key macro- and micronutrients needed for fetal and maternal health.
— Read on www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/coconut-water-in-pregnancy

How to Wipe Your Butt the Healthy Way |

Do you know how to wipe your butt? It’s a surprising question, we know, but doing it the wrong way has health implications. Failure to wipe correctly could leave you vulnerable to a urinary tract infection or aggravate any existing rectal issues, like hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

That’s why we turned to a gynecologist (who actually gets asked about this quite often) and a gastroenterologist to give us the scoop on wiping after you poop. Here are the right and wrong ways to do it, plus some helpful tips and tricks.

Wipe front to back

You’ve probably heard this directive since you were a kid, and it’s really important. “This means wiping in the direction from your urethra to your anus,” Alyssa Dweck, MD, a gynecologist in Westchester County, New York and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V, tells Health. “There’s far more bacteria in the rectal area; that’s why you want to avoid dragging the toilet paper the other direction toward your urethra. Bringing this bacteria up front can contribute to a urinary tract infection.” Wipe front to back whether you’ve urinated or had a bowel movement.

— Read on www.health.com/condition/digestive-health/how-to-wipe-your-butt

How do you know when you’re ovulating and how long does it last.

So many opportunities to get pregnant in 2020 and 2021. We’ve had stay at mandates, valentines and winter storms that have kept us in the house with our loved one with sometimes nothing to do. We know the saying “and idle mind is the devils workshop” but let’s change that because trying to bring a precious little bundle of joy into the world is not bad, but you want to know when your ovulating so you get it right. Let’s take a look at what others say.

What is ovulation?

Ovulation is the release of a mature egg from one of the ovaries, which happens every month. A woman is most fertile around the time of ovulation.

When do you ovulate?

Ovulation usually occurs halfway through your menstrual cycle, or around day 14 of the average 28-day cycle counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next.

But as with everything pregnancy-related, there’s a wide range of normal here since cycles can last anywhere from 23 to 35 days, and even your own cycle and time of ovulation may vary slightly from month to month.

How long does ovulation last?

An egg can be fertilitzed for between 12 and 24 hours after ovulation. The specific length of time that it takes for the egg to be released by the ovary and picked up by the fallopian tube is variable but occurs 12 to 24 hours after a surge of the hormone LH as described below.

Interested in knowing more? Visit https://www.whattoexpect.com/getting-pregnant/fertility/five-ways-to-tell-you-are-ovulating.aspx

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