Women tend to show a genuine sense of compassion and concern for those around them. But, sometimes this comes at the expense of their own needs and health, as women may forget to take care of themselves. That's why it's important to put you first when it comes to your personal health and wellness. Leading a healthy lifestyle, being aware of your risk factors, and early detection and treatment of potential health concerns can help promote everybody's overall well-being, including your own.
Below are five strategies for taking care of a very special person in your life—you.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of various diseases and health conditions. Here are a few everyday tips for living well:
Along with leading a healthy lifestyle, as above, it's important to learn your family's medical history. If you had close family members who either had or currently have conditions—including high blood pressure, breast cancer, diabetes, or heart problems, etc.—share this information with your physician. If so, more frequent screenings may be recommended.
Talking with your doctor about your risk factors is the first step toward protecting yourself.
Visit your primary care provider for regular checkups and screenings—such as mammograms and pap tests. Going in for preventative care can often help lower your risk of various physical and emotional health conditions. These tests can help you identify potential diseases early, while they're easier to treat.
Depending on your age, family history, and lifestyle, you might want to visit your health care provider and get screened for:
There are some screenings you can do yourself, too. Women can monitor their breast health, for example, by doing monthly self-exams. Talk to your primary care provider if you observe changes in your breasts—including breast pain, lumps, or nipple discharge. The best way to find breast cancer, however, is through a mammogram. If you choose to perform self-exams and clinical breast exams, be sure you go in for mammograms, too.
Pregnancy is truly an exciting time. Yet, it can also be stressful. Staying well before, during, and after your pregnancy can help you maintain peace of mind, benefitting both you and your baby. Follow these tips for keeping healthy throughout the childbirth journey.
If you are planning to have a child, there are many things to consider. Simply put, the healthier you are as you plan your pregnancy, the more likely you are to have a healthy baby.
You might find some of CDC's pre-pregnancy resources helpful, too.
Pregnancy is a transformative time for parents-to-be. The ideal result is a full-term pregnancy without unnecessary interventions and the delivery of a healthy baby. Continuous maternal care is the best way to achieve that result. Among other things, you'll want to:
Taking home a new baby is one of the best moments in a woman's life. But, planning for the physical and emotional challenges that come with motherhood cannot be ignored.
Women often begin to put their children's needs before their own, but it is also important to continue to care for yourself.
Occasionally, life gets hectic and your responsibilities may overwhelm you. Taking care of your body is just part of the equation; you have to take care of your emotional well-being, too. Be sure to take care of yourself and remember the things that matter to you in life—your family, your kids, your job, enjoying the outdoors, volunteering, or whatever is most important to you. Being emotionally healthy helps you get the most out of life and better cope with adversity you face. So, remember to always take time for yourself—because your own wellness matters more than you may realize.