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Ladies, there is one thing you will carry with you for your entire life: your health. If you don’t have your health and happiness, what do you have? Sometimes as women in a nurturing and caregiving role, you often put your own health on the backburner, taking the time to make sure everyone else is doing okay, but forgetting to take a good look at how you’re doing. Dr. Ghea, a female obgyn in Plantation, stresses the importance of taking a “time-out” for you and doing the things that help you feel better, inside and out.

Your primary care doctor isn’t always available to answer some of the burning questions you have as a women or give you the kind of specialized advice you need. In addition, you may feel more comfortable discussing your health with another woman, and a female obgyn is just the right person to make sure you’re on the correct path to a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some of Dr. Ghea’s five best women’s health tips for caring for yourself as a woman:

 

  • Manage your stress. Most women are constantly juggling a million different things, which results in tons of unwanted stress. With stress comes consequences, such as high risks of depression, anxiety and heart disease, and even infertility. Meditation is a great way to lessen the stress of everyday trials and tribulations. Click here for a simple 10-minute exercise adapted from Why Meditate?, a book by Matthieu Ricard, PhD, a scientist, humanitarian, and Buddhist monk.
  • Get in your exercise. According to WebMD, women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight training at least three to five times per week in order to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Exercising on a regular basis not only helps you physically, but mentally as well. You’ll find that you wake up in the morning with more energy, focus more clearly, and feel better about yourself in general. Your workout doesn’t have to last hours and hours; in fact, just ten minutes of exercise can burn up to 100 calories and boost your energy level by 18%. If you can’t make it to the gym or do a workout at home, make a promise to yourself to get up and walk around for at least ten minutes every day. It’ll make a world of difference in the long run.
  • On that same note, keep your exercise from getting boring. No one ever got ahead by doing the same thing over and over again. The same theory applies to exercise. Try out different types of fitness classes, such as indoor cycling. Did you know that one 45-minute cycling class can burn more than 500 calories? Keep things fresh and interesting by incorporating new exercises into your routine or increasing the weight or resistance on ones you already know. Little tweaks here and there can make a huge difference. Prevention suggests creating what they call a “Wildcard Workout Jar” in which you write down 20 unique routines on pieces of papers and pull one from the jar every time your current workout starts to feel, well, blah.
  • Don’t ignore your doctor’s visits. As a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding area, Dr. Ghea cannot stress enough the importance of making sure to schedule your yearly check-up with your gynecologist. There are critical needs for seeing an obgyn, such as getting a pap smear every three years to check for cervical cancer, getting an HPV test and testing for STDs if you are sexually active. An obgyn can also address issues like whether or not you need contraception, which, along with preventing pregnancy, can also lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer, and regulate your cycle. Visiting your obgyn also allows you to talk about fertility issues. According to WebMD, a woman’s fertility could start to decline as early as 32. There are options, like freezing eggs, if you are worried about this happening to you and definitely want to have children.
  • Eat healthy, but don’t deprive yourself. The phrase to remember here is everything in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself of the things you want, as that will only make you unhappy. Get in a mix of lean protein, healthy fats, smart carbohydrates and fiber and you’ll be good to go. There are a few things to take note of, however, when choosing food and beverage products, such as salt. According to Prevention, up to 75% of salt in our diets comes from packaged foods. Make sure to note the sodium content on the product labels before you make a purchase. The recommended salt intake is below 1,500 mg per day. Speaking of label reading, it’s a good idea to do this on a regular basis. Don’t trust everything you see on the front of a package; those are marketing techniques. Instead, look closely at the nutrition facts and ingredient list to see exactly what’s in the item you’re about to buy.

 

There are just a few of Dr. Ghea’s tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. She may be a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician, but Dr. Ghea has the best interest of all women from all over the world in mind. If you are looking for a Plantation obgyn, you can make an appointment with Dr. Ghea at Westside OB/GYN Group by calling 954-473-2011.

Exercise is an important aspect of staying fit and healthy both physically and mentally, and while a lot of women participate in fitness classes and work out on their own on a regular basis, there seems to be a sense of nervousness that pregnant women hold inside, keeping them from exercising for fear of hurting their baby. But guess what, ladies? This is an old wives tale, a myth…fake news. Working out during pregnancy is actually healthy for both you and your baby, as long as you are following your health care provider’s orders and paying close attention to what kinds of exercising you are performing, and how you feel while performing them.

Dr. Ghea, a female obgyn in Plantation, gives the go-ahead to her patients who want to continue exercising during their pregnancy. Exercise is not only for your own health, but also for the baby’s health and your own peace of mind.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology offers its best women’s health tips on exercising during pregnancy. First and foremost, if you are worried about exercising causing any harm to you or your baby, you can rest easy. Physical activity does not increase the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, or even early delivery. You just may have to adjust your routine to make sure it includes pregnancy-friendly exercises. For example, types of exercise to avoid include hot yoga or pilates, which could cause you to become overheated, any type of contact sport where there is a chance of being hit in the abdomen, and activities such as skiing, surfing, gymnastics, horseback riding and off-road cycling that could result in a bad fall. However, it’s perfectly fine to engage in brisk walking, swimming and water aerobics, stationary bicycling, and modified yoga and pilates. If you are an experienced runner, talk to your healthcare provider about how to safely continue throughout your pregnancy.

As with anyone, pregnant or not, participating in physical fitness, there are always precautions to take. It is especially important as a pregnant woman, however, to drink plenty of water before, during, and after working out. Having the right support is also crucial — and we don’t mean from your friends and family, we mean from your sports bra. You can even wear a belly support belt to reduce discomfort while walking and running. Avoid exercises that put you on your back or involve standing motionless as much as you can, as both of these positions can decrease the amount of blood flow to your heart, resulting in decreased blood pressure for a short time.

Women who continue to exercise regularly during their term can experience a multitude of benefits, including reduced back pain, decreased constipation, decreased risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and c-section delivery, improved overall general fitness, and strengthening of the heart and blood vessels. It also promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and is a big aid in weight loss after you’ve given birth.

As a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding area, Dr. Ghea advises to pay close attention to your body and how you are feeling while exercising. If you start to feel dizzy or faint, show signs of shortness of breath before even starting exercise, or experience chest pain, headaches, muscle weakness, and calf pain or swelling, it’s time to take a break. More severe signs include bleeding or leaking fluid from the vagina or having regular and painful contractions of the uterus.

Let Fort Lauderdale obstetrician, Dr. Ghea, take the fear out of exercising during pregnancy. She is available to answer your questions and provide details and directions for a safe work out regimen. For those looking for a Plantation obgyn, please call Westside OB/GYN Group at 954-473-2011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghea, or simply request online.

In today’s world, it’s no surprise to see a woman having a child later in life. What with so many women starting their own businesses, traveling the world, or simply not settling at a young age, they are having babies older and older. While this would be unheard of years ago, even deemed taboo and scared of by most, age should not frighten today’s woman; not with all of the technology advancements and women’s health tips that have been helping women to safely and successfully have children at an older age. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ensures us that many women are still able to have healthy pregnancies and babies even after the age of 35; however it important to see a healthcare professional beforehand and receive good prenatal care during pregnancy as well. As a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician, Dr. Ghea wants patients to understand that it is key to follow all of your doctor’s care instructions and recommended guidelines to ensure you have a safe and healthy pregnancy, and a safe and healthy baby.

Those trying to conceive at an older age should be well aware and knowledgeable about any risks that could be involved. As women’s bodies age, things shift and change and affect fertility. This is because women begin their lives with a fixed number of eggs in their ovaries, which decrease with age, and those that are left run the risk of having abnormal chromosomes. According to the ACOG, one in 10 women, age 40, will get pregnant per menstrual cycle.

Local South Florida mom blogger, Rachel Sobel of Whine and Cheez(Its) experienced her second pregnancy just shy of her 40th birthday. “There I was, feeling downright geriatric as I was placed in the “advanced maternal age” bracket,” she describes it. “Pregnancy later in life comes with its fair share of challenges and fears since you know you are at greater risk, statistically. For me however, with age came a heightened level of insight and awareness into everything happening to my body. Good, bad or just gas.”

Everyone’s pregnancy experience is different — some handle it with ease, some with humor (like Rachel), and some with a constant need for advice. If the latter sounds like you, Dr. Ghea, a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale, shares her insight on what to expect when having a baby after age 35.

Although it is becoming more and more normal for women to get pregnant after 35, this doesn’t take away from the fact that older women are more likely than younger women to have a baby with a birth defect, according to March of Dimes. It is a good idea to have some prenatal tests done, such as cell-free fetal DNA screening or maternal blood screening, to see if your baby is at risk for certain birth defects. If a screening test comes back positive for a potential defect, the next step is to take diagnostic test, which will help show whether the baby does or doesn’t have a birth defect.

The mother-to-be’s own health could be affected as well. Complications that can occur during pregnancy include gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension, and preeclampsia, which can happen after 20th week of pregnancy or right after, and is when a pregnant women has high blood pressure and shows signs that some of her organs may not be working properly, In addition, the Mayo Clinic notes that there is a higher chance of having twins or triplets due to the hormonal changes that could cause the release of multiple eggs at the same time, as well as a risk of having a low birth weight baby and a premature birth, needing a C-section due to complications, and unfortunately, experiencing a pregnancy loss. While this is the last thing you want to think about, it’s important to know that having a child after the age of 35 does come with this risk, and it’s better to accept and understand it that than not.

But don’t fret! There are many ways to increase your chances of having a healthy baby, mainly by living a healthy lifestyle and taking good care of both yourself and the baby. It all starts even before you get pregnant. When you know pregnancy is in the near future, make a preconception appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss lifestyle changes that will help to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. During pregnancy, be sure to seek regular prenatal care to monitor your and the baby’s health and eat a healthy diet filled with the essential nutrients needed such as folic acid, calcium, iron and vitamin D. Talk to your doctor about the amount of weight you should be gaining to support your baby’s health, and be sure to stay active. With your healthcare provider’s permission, engaging in regular physical activity can help ease or prevent discomfort, boost energy levels and also helps prepare for labor as it increases stamina and strength.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant, or already are, and looking for an obgyn in Plantation, Dr. Ghea can be seen at Westside OB/GYN Group, a Plantation obgyn office offering total care for women. You can make an appointment by calling 954-473-2011 or by submitting a request online.