Category: Women’s Health
What you personally believe about menopause will influence your choices more than anything else. For many, menopause is nothing to fear. Do not see it as an “old-age” disease, or a failure of the body to do what it should. Approach it as a transition from childbearing years to wisdom-bearing years. Informed physicians know that 70% of women make this transition smoothly and make their choices intelligently. Read more
The long, hot summer afternoons remind me of the first hot flashes I had. It took me many a hot-afternoon meeting, and middle-of-the-night inner fire before I realized what was happening to me: “Not me! I’m too young!” Those thoughts kept recurring in my mind. Read more
Little is known about the effects of pregnancy on fibromyalgia. Some women see their symptoms abate or disappear during pregnancy. Once they deliver, however, they are more likely to have a flare-up and the sleep deprivation that parents of newborn experience can overwhelm someone with fibromyalgia. Read more
A changing table isn’t often a “must have,” but it is a nice thing! Changing tables are high enough so you don’t have to bend over, and often there are straps so the baby can’t fall off. You will find that babies get very wiggly when it comes time to change diapers! Read more
Another necessary will be bottles. Even if you plan to breastfeed, it will be nice to have some bottles handy in case you go out for the evening and want to save some breastmilk for a sitter to feed the baby. Read more
About seven months into a pregnancy, the mother-to-be usually starts to panic. Does she have everything she needs in case the baby is early? First time moms are the most notorious for this! Most moms will start stocking up and setting up some time before the birth… it’s called “nesting.” And there are some essentials that are needed (or just nice to have) when the baby is born. Read more
Q.I’m a 42-year-old black woman who entered menopause at a very early age. I just stopped hormone replacement therapy after eight years. Do I really need HRT? I hated the side effects and risks of taking it. I know of no black women who have osteoporosis. What is the incidence of osteoporosis in black women? Read more
Make your own list, and be honest about what’s really important to you. Then as you gain insights about new fields, you can see how each option stacks up. I’ve had clients who have been dazzled by a huge compensation package and have overlooked other important elements. A few months into the new position, they are often miserable and wondering why they didn’t look beyond the paycheck.
An equally important step is to come up with an effective opener to these conversations. You will be calling people who are busy and you need to quickly give an overview of your background and your objective in calling them. Here’s an example:
Last week we examined how to tell if it’s time to change jobs. We looked at ways to assess whether your interests, skills, values and personality style are a good fit for the kind of work you do. If you’ve now come to the realization that you may in fact need a career change, the next challenge is investigating all of the options and deciding among them.