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Beyond providing nourishment and helping to protect your baby from getting sick, breast-feeding can also help you lose weight gained during pregnancy. When you breast-feed, you use fat cells stored in your body during pregnancy — along with calories from your diet — to fuel your milk production and feed your baby. Weight loss during breast-feeding can occur even when you follow the recommendations to eat an additional 300 to 500 calories a day to keep up your energy and milk production.
Q: I wear a fitness device that tracks my sleep. It shows that most of my sleep is light sleep and that I rarely am in deep sleep. Is this kind of sleep tracker reliable? If so, is there a way I can get better sleep? I sleep about six or seven hours each night.
Q: What's the difference between feeling dizzy every now and then and orthostatic hypotension? How is it diagnosed, and can it be treated? A: Most people remember an occasion when they felt dizzy or light-headed after standing up too quickly. This happens because the pull of gravity causes your blood pressure to drop after you stand. For most people, this occasional phenomenon lasts only a few seconds and usually isn't a serious problem.
You can try a number of things to make yourself or your child more comfortable during a fever: — Drink plenty of fluids. Fever can cause fluid loss and dehydration, so drink water, juices or broth. For a child under age 1, use an oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte. These solutions contain water and salts proportioned to replenish fluids and electrolytes. Pedialyte ice pops also are available. — Rest. You need rest to recover, and activity can raise your body temperature.
Q: Based on my snoring and from everything I've read, I think I may have sleep apnea. But I don't want to spend a night at the hospital for sleep testing. Is there an easier way to know if I have sleep apnea? Can I somehow test for it at home? A: A diagnosis of sleep apnea usually does require a sleep study, but that test doesn't always have to be in a hospital or other health care facility. Home tests often are recommended for people suspected to have sleep apnea.
Q: My doctor prescribed compression stockings to prevent my legs from swelling during the day. How will that help, and are they all the same? A: Compression stockings aren't like regular stockings. They're typically prescribed with certain specifications and require professional fitting. A number of tips and tricks can help to properly use and care for them so that they provide the intended therapeutic benefit with minimal risk of side effects.
For many women, breast pain resolves on its own over time and you may not need any treatment. However, while there is little research to show the effectiveness of these self-care remedies, some may be worth a try: — Use hot or cold compresses on your breasts. — Wear a firm support bra, fitted by a professional if possible. — Wear a sports bra during exercise, especially when your breasts may be more sensitive. — Experiment with relaxation therapy, which can help control the high levels of anxiety associated with severe breast pain.
You've got the footwear. But, do you have the fuel for your workout? Food is your body's fuel, so it's important to eat before exercise. Choosing the right nutrients at the right time can make your effort more effective. "Carbohydrate is the source of that energy your muscles need," says Angie Murad, a wellness dietitian at Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program. Murad says, if possible, eat a balanced meal a few hours before pumping iron or hitting the trail. Avoid fats, limit fiber and include a variety of natural carbs from grains, fruits and milk.
Exercise is good for your health. You probably have heard that before. But finding the motivation to start or maintain an exercise program can be challenging. Mayo Clinic's Dr. Michael Joyner has six tips to help keep you moving. Sometimes, it's hard to get off the couch and exercise. "The important thing is to do something. And to also not permit what you cannot do — or what you're afraid of doing — to interfere with what you can do," Joyner says. No.1: Again, start with what you can do.