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Why Well-Woman Visits Are Important—And What to Ask
Ladies, it’s time to rethink your annual exam. Yearly well-woman visits with your healthcare provider—often with an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN)—offer way more for your well-being than the pelvic exam and Pap test that likely come to mind.

Does Social Media Motivate or Discourage You to Work Out?
It’s a question we often wonder—does scrolling through social media have a positive or negative effect on our well-being? When it comes to fitness-related posts, there isn’t a clear answer.

Can Surgery Solve Breastfeeding Woes?
Up to 12% of babies have a condition formally known as ankyloglossia. The membranes securing their tongues are thick, tight, short, or attached to the front of the organ. As a result, their tongues can’t move freely.

4 Keys to a Healthy Pregnancy
During pregnancy, you aren’t just eating for two. You’re also exercising, sleeping, and making other lifestyle choices for both yourself and your baby. Here’s how to take care of your health and give your little one a strong start in life.

Does Mommy Wine Culture Pose Health Risks?
Many people, including women, can safely drink moderate amounts. But as heavy drinking becomes more common, some moms may be flirting with danger.

Should You Be Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?
Some breast cancers associated with genes affect numerous members of a family. But not every woman who has a family history of inherited breast cancer carries the defective gene.

After-Pregnancy Blues: Cause for Concern?
Up to 4 in 5 new moms feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or just plain tired after giving birth. It’s no wonder so many new mothers get the “baby blues.” Even if delivery went well, mothers are bound to be short on sleep and long on responsibilities.

4 Awkward Health Problems You Should Tell Your Doctor About
Here are four common health issues you should discuss with your provider (even if you’d rather not).

Should Pregnant Women Worry About X-Rays?
If you break a bone or get into a car accident while pregnant, a healthcare provider may need to give you a scan, such as an X-ray, to see what’s going on. But isn’t that dangerous for your baby? Probably not.

Breastfeeding May Lower Women’s Postmenopausal Stroke Risk
Breastfeeding also reduces your risk for breast and ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions.

Pregnancy Discomforts: When to Call the Doctor
Congratulations—you’re pregnant! The next 9 months may bring some uncomfortable changes to your body. Most of these ills—including backache, constipation, and morning sickness—aren’t worrisome.

What Is Molecular Breast Imaging?
Molecular breast imaging (MBI) is a test similar to X-ray, CT, and ultrasound, but with an important difference. Those imaging procedures provide pictures of bones and soft tissue, but MBI allows health care providers to see what is happening inside the breast at a molecular and cellular level.
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