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Baby Bump Basics

So you’re pregnant. Your baby bump starts showing. You begin to gain weight. But how much weight should you gain and how much is too much?

Ask Dr. Sandy: Does A.M. Mean Awful Morning?

Pregnancy can be the best of times...or the worst -- if you have morning sickness.

The majority of women (70-85%) suffer nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Well, expectant ladies, you are in luck!

The FDA recently approved a new medication for treating morning sickness. It's actually an old medicine with a new name: Diclegis.

Dr. Sandy Says: Exercise is Good for the Brain

Are you at or near middle age? Are you exercising? If you are, research shows you are more able to ward off dementia, and the ailments that can add to your risk of it.

Learn more in the full episode:

Celebrate, Women!

This is National Women’s Health Week, a perfect time to highlight and celebrate a major breakthrough in women’s long-term health: the Pap smear.

HPV

More than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. It killed more than
4200 women last year. These numbers reinforce the need for continued cervical cancer screening.

Most cases of cervical cancers are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Most women are able to clear it from their bodies, but persistent infection with HPV can lead to cervical cancer.

Dietary Sources of Calcium

Calcium-rich foods are the best way to get the vital nutrient. Supplements can have side effects; they've been linked to increased risk of heart disease and kidney stones.

Here's a list of calcium sources you can add to your diet:

Dairy:
Milk
Yogurt
Cheese
Soymilk

Vegetables:
Acorn Squash
Arugula
Broccoli
Chard
Okra
Kale (raw)
Spinach (cooked)

Fruits:
Figs
Calcium-fortified orange Juice

Ask Dr. Sandy: Does calcium prevent kidney stones?

Remember hearing “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?

Well, I know two words that can: kidney stones.

Calcium can help, but only from dietary sources.

Dr. Sandy Says: Too Much Good Could be Bad

Too much soul food may be bad for your body. It can make you more likely to have a stroke.

Watch the Your Health Matters episode:

Portion Distortion

More than one-third of American children and adolescents are overweight or obese; not surprising, since we live in a world of portion distortion, and a society seduced by supersizing.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics has a simple suggestion: Use a smaller plate.

Ask Dr. Sandy: Don't Try This at Home

Is cinnamon the spice of life?

If you try to swallow a spoonful in a minute, it could well be anything but.

In this edition of Ask Dr. Sandy I explain the dangers of taking the popular Cinnamon Challenge as outlined by the journal Pediatrics.

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