Heart Health and Pregnancy

Heart Health and Pregnancy

Women who have the fewest number of reproductive years during their lives have a higher than normal risk of heart failure, according to a new research article published by the American College of Cardiology.  As well, women who never gave birth are also at an increased risk for heart failure.

It was also discovered that women who never gave birth had a higher incidence of a heart condition called mild diastolic dysfunction.

In those with this condition, the heart isn’t very good at the relaxation phase. It is actually stiffer than a normal heart would be and so cannot properly relax to allow appropriate filling with blood. With diastolic dysfunction, the heart is simply not performing in an optimal state. This is actually a sign of energy deficiency – the first step to developing overt and potentially deadly and disabling heart failure!

Why does this happen? The reason is obvious to me, though less clear to most!

It revolves around estrogen!!

Estrogen is a key player in the health of the heart!! Not having enough of it around, as with what happens when menopause begins, is inherently harmful to the female heart. All of the functions of the heart rely on the support of estrogen.

Pregnancy is a time of estrogen abundance and a pregnancy, it turns out, is very beneficial to heart health. Like it or not, women evolved to have babies and not having babies turns out to be detrimental to women’s hearts!

So ladies, try to keep your hormones as long as you can by staying as healthy as possible. Eating lots of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit is great for you!! The phytonutrients and antioxidants help to keep those ovaries humming!! And ladies, if you don’t have any babies, whatever the reason, be sure to do EVERYTHING you can to live a heart-healthy life!

Read more here:
https://www.mdlinx.com/obstetrics-gynecology/top-medical-news/article/2017/05/18/7178956?utm_source=in-house&utm_medium=message&utm_campaign=mh-obgyn-may17

Why Breastfeeding is Good for You and Your Baby

A wonderful article was published last week in the Journal of Women’s Health, relating the most obvious, yet not recognized fact – breastfeeding is really good for the woman doing the nursing.

This particular article states that women who breastfeed for at least a year, significantly lower their risk for cardiometabolic diseases. Considering that February is Heart Awareness month, that’s especially welcome news. As you may know, heart attacks and strokes are the leading killers of women, by far, and at aged we really don’t wish to contemplate. Women so often think they are “bullet proof” for cardiovascular problems, and that is so far from the truth.

So … why do you think that doing a lot of breast feeding would lower your chance of having a stroke or heart attack anyway?

I guess that the answer may not strike you as obvious. Well … the article doesn’t touch on the subject, so here are my thoughts. I’ll number them!

  1. Women who breastfeed have lower stress hormones
  2. Women who breast feed tend to lose the weight gained during pregnancy better
  3. The hormones of breastfeeding, prolactin and oxytocin do wonderful things for your heart, your immune system, and your mood
  4. Women who breastfeed have less overall inflammation
  5. Women who breast feed tend to eat a healthier diet, as they are eating for the baby as well
  6. Genes are turned on and off by breast feeding in such a way to give the woman a better overall health status

Well… Let me know what you think are the reasons that breastfeeding lowers cardiovascular risk!

The one thing I do know for absolute sure is that we are destined to be healthier when we live in accordance with nature’s laws for us. If we live in tune with our female rhythms, we will live better lives … healthier, happier, and likely longer! We are what we are … we are designed and programmed to make babies and breastfeed.

You don’t have to do that, but be aware that your female body was designed for that!

Just recognize that we are genetically programmed to be reproductive females … like it or not … at least know inside that is nature’s plan! And at the very least … chose food from nature to eat!! Enjoy!!