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How To Support Someone Going Through Pregnancy Loss

Your girlfriend, sister or coworker has just texted you the news of her pregnancy loss. Maybe you’ve known she was pregnant from the beginning, and had been excitedly walking with her every step of the way until this setback. Maybe this is the first news you’re getting that she was even pregnant in the first place.  No matter what the situation, it isn’t always clear what you can do to help a person going through it, say experts who specialize in supporting women through pregnancy loss. While every person will have unique needs, there is one rule of thumb, according to Kate Metten, a birth and postpartum doula from Louisville, Kentucky: Think of ways you would naturally support your loved one if she was going through either a death and a recent birth.  “It’s important to understand the mom is still going through a postpartum period, just as if she had given birth to a live baby,” said Metten, who has herself experienced three miscarriages. “That recovery process, [and] the hormonal changes and things that are happening in that postpartum mom are an important part to pay attention to.”  That advice rings true for Olga Verschoore, who at 28 years old experienced a miscarriage at 10 weeks after one in vitro fertilization cycle and two rounds of frozen embryo transfers. She remembers sitting at her desk at the office a week after her loss and remarking that she was having a “crappy” day. Her co-w...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Authors: Alemu A, Tamiru W, Nedi T, Shibeshi W Abstract Background: Pain and inflammation are the major health problems commonly treated with traditional remedies mainly using medicinal plants. Leonotis ocymifolia is one of such medicinal plants used in folkloric medicine of Ethiopia. However, the plant has not been scientifically evaluated. The aim of this study was to evaluate analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of the 80% methanol leaves extract of Leonotis ocymifolia using rodent models. Method: The central and peripheral analgesic effect of the extract at 100, 200, and 400 mg/kg dose levels was ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Sun K, Song X, Jia R, Yin Z, Zou Y, Li L, Yin L, He C, Liang X, Yue G, Cui Q, Yang Y Abstract Aim: Pain and inflammation are associated with many diseases in humans and animals. Galla Chinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine, has a variety of pharmacological properties. The purpose of this study was to evaluate analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of Galla Chinensis through different animal models. Method: The analgesic activities were evaluated by hot-plate and writhing tests. The anti-inflammatory effects were assessed by ear edema, capillary permeability, and paw edema tests. The contents of ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Fung C, Dinh P, Ardeshir-Rouhani-Fard S, Schaffer K, Fossa SD, Travis LB Abstract Testicular cancer has become the paradigm of adult-onset cancer survivorship, due to the young age at diagnosis and 10-year relative survival of 95%. This clinical review presents the current status of various treatment-related complications experienced by long-term testicular cancer survivors (TCS) free of disease for 5 or more years after primary treatment. Cardiovascular disease and second malignant neoplasms represent the most common potentially life-threatening late effects. Other long-term adverse outcomes include neuro...
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Parenting Personal Publishers Self-Help Tiny Buddha Boundaries compassionate Emotions Empathy Feelings Highly Sensitive Person sensitive people Sensitivity Sympathy Source Type: blogs
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Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication QA articles Source Type: news
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The other night, I sat in a restaurant with a group of girlfriends. We shared laughter, good conversation and some great wine. As I looked around, I realized that we were likely to share something else: uterine fibroids. Of the ten women sitting at the table, there was a good chance that seven of us would have uterine fibroids at some point in our lives. Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that grow in the uterus. They may be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grapefruit. A woman may have only one fibroid or she may have many. Depending on their size, number, and location, fibroids can cause heavy bleeding and long menstrua...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Women's Health fibroids uterine fibroids Source Type: news
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