Monthly Archives: February 2021

Pregnancy-Related Stress and How to Handle It

Initially, a woman is excited when she finds out she’s pregnant. However, some women begin to feel anxious as months pass and they get closer to the delivery. This is especially true for women who naturally deal with anxiety.

There are many reasons for pregnancy-related anxiety, including hormonal changes, everyday stress, and general worry about the baby. For some women, severe cases of pregnancy stress leads to both insomnia and issues for mom and baby. Luckily, there are a number of ways to cope with these symptoms and have an enjoyable, healthy pregnancy.

Talk to someone.
A support system is very important during pregnancy. Whether it’s a spouse, best friend, or a family member, speaking to someone about what’s going on brings relief. If necessary, speaking to a professional therapist can help with stress and anxiety. If they’re lucky, they can find a therapist that specializes in pregnancy-related stress.

Start a journal.
Sometimes, talking to someone isn’t an option. To avoid an anxiety attack, it often helps to take a moment and write in a journal. That way, she has a way to let go of those emotions in a healthy way. During doctor visits, they can help the mother identify and remedy anxiety triggers.

Journaling can also be a keepsake worth reading after the pregnancy. Another creative idea is creating a memory email address. Once her child turns 18, she can give them the email address and password. Then, they can read what was going through their mother’s mind before they were born.

Take a birthing class.
For some women, the thought of giving birth gives them anxiety. One of the best ways to get rid of that fear is to take a birthing class. Learning proper birthing techniques helps the expecting mother understand what’s to come and helps get rid of some of the fear associated with going into labor.

Pregnancy is a time of emotions, happiness, and of course, anxiety. Although this is a healthy emotion, too much can negatively impact the baby. Therefore, pregnant women should take steps like journaling, talking to loved ones, and taking a birthing class for some much-needed stress relief.

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Importance of Cervical Cancer Awareness

Invasive cervical cancer holds the eighth position in most occurring cancer in the United States, with more than 13,800 women diagnosed with it, where 4000 die from the disease annually. January is cervical cancer awareness month. With the help of renowned gynecologists and obstetricians, American Cancer Society, focuses in increasing public awareness and sensitization, offer the best treatment options and resources with updated information regarding cervical cancer.

Most Appropriate Time to Get Tested For Cervical Cancer

January is not only the most appropriate time to book an appointment with a gynecologist or obstetrician for a cervical screening test, but any time of the year is suitable. However, different age groups have different testing options. At 21-29 years, it’s most recommendable to go for a Pap test and wait for three years to get another test. Between 30 to 60 years, a doctor can recommend three different screening options such as HPV test only, Pap test only, or a combination of Pap and HPV test. For women above 65 years, a gynecologist can recommend not to be screened anymore, if the previous year’s results were normal or the cervix was removed through a hysterectomy.

Fundamental Vital Aspects to Understand Before Booking Cervical Screening

1. Be optimistic about the screening and Speak Up if you feel Pain.
Many women believe cervical cancer screening is painful; thus, they feel uncomfortable about the process. Therefore, it’s recommendable to be at ease while the speculum is being inserted, and in case of some pain, inform the gynecologist immediately.

2. Go for Regular Screening Even if you have Been Vaccinated.
In most instances, 10 percent to 30 percent of cervical cancer cases are caused by Human Papilloma Virus subtypes, which cannot be prevented through vaccination. So, it’s good to go for an HPV test after every five years and a Pap test every three years.

3. If you are on your Period, Don’t go for screening.
It’s always recommendable to book an appointment with doctor 14 days before your period starts. If screening is carried out at this time accuracy of the results might be affected owing to blood cells shed during your periods.

How to Prevent Cervical Cancer

The most crucial ways to prevent cervical cancer is through regular screening and HPV vaccination if eligible. To reduce exposure to HPV, it’s recommendable to avoid sex with people who have multiple sex partners, use condom protection and reduce smoking since it lowers the risk of cervical pre-cancer.

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