Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Babies After 40: The Hidden Health Risks of Mid-Life Pregnancy

After years of struggling with repeated miscarriages and fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), Joanna Brody was thrilled when she finally conceived on her own at the age of 43—even considering the increased risk of health problems associated with pregnancy after age 40. Still, the former marathon runner was in good health and exercised… Read More »

7 Ways to Have a Healthy Vacation Without Ever Leaving Your Home

Same place, different mind-set—thats the challenge of a staycation. How do you exist within the same four walls, with the same distractions—messy basement, couch and remote, computer, junk food, phone—yet create a relaxing, healthy, away-from-it-all experience? According to a 2009 AP-Gfk poll, one-third of Americans have already canceled a trip due to financial concerns, and… Read More »

Age-Related Side Effects of Mid-Life Pregnancy

High-tech medicine is making it possible to get pregnant at 40, 50, even past menopause. However, a mid-life pregnancy may increase the potential for developing cancer and heart problems. The post-40 mom should also be aware of these risks: Incontinence. Older women may already have weak pelvic-floor and urethra muscles, which can make urinary incontinence… Read More »

My Dog Helped Me Heal

Animals know.  They know when you are happy, and they know when you are sad.  They know when you are ill and when you are well.  While I was going through my experience with breast cancer, my dog Lucy stayed at my side.  When I went to bed, she came with me.  She laid in… Read More »

How to Save Money And Go Natural

Going green gets a bad reputation for breaking the bank. Organic food can be expensive, all-natural clothing doesn’t come cheap, and alternative treatments aren’t always covered by insurers. But with the right strategy—and our (free!) expert advice—you can actually save hundreds of dollars each month just by being more eco-friendly. Lean and Green 10 Easy… Read More »

7 Tricks to Improve Your Memory

I used to have a memory that amazed people, but in the last few years I’ve had trouble remembering names and movie titles. (“You know, the one about the guy who goes somewhere? It won that award…”) I hope to have many years of sharp thinking ahead of me—I’m in my mid-40s, nowhere near senior-moments… Read More »

My "Fun" C-Section: Part 1

Now that I’m on the other side of my cesarean section, I see why the doctors who advised me through my exciting pregnancy were so reassuring about planning this surgery. It was fun (well, almost). We arrived before 6 o’clock in the morning—planned C-sections are done early in the day, partially for the comfort of… Read More »