High Risk Pregnancy – What You Need to Know

Every woman is different. Every baby is different. Every pregnancy is different. Does that help? Probably not! But it seems to be the most common answer when you ask a question to anyone nowadays about pregnancy. Everybody simply has a different experience! While on one hand that is very true, on the other there are some obvious facts, statistics and general practices we can learn about that indicate specifically a high-risk pregnancy. In particular, we can dive into what it is, what we can manage and unavoidable factors.

high-risk-pregnancyThe last thing you want to hear when you find out you’re pregnant is that you are considered high risk. Risk for what? According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a high-risk pregnancy is one that threatens the health or life of the mother or her fetus and often requires specialized care from specially trained providers. It can sound scary, but there are trained professionals, such as Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker, who can help ensure a smooth journey.

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Don’t Ignore, Restore!

The term hormone can sometimes get tossed around like a beachball. People say things like, “My hormones are off!” or “Man, I’m hormonal today,” but we’re not exactly sure why. Society tends to only classify women in this group, but men and women alike can experience imbalances and shrug off the feelings and move on with the day. We certainly know when things are “off” but the ability to identify how we got there and what to do about it seems to be less obvious.

hormones for men and womenThe medical definition of hormone is the chemical substance produced in the body that controls and regulates the activity of certain cells or organs. In other words, hormones help with everything we do. Everyday activity such as sleep cycles, mood control, digesting food, metabolic rate, are all dependent on hormones. Your thyroid, as an example, produces a thyroid hormone that regulates your metabolic rate as well as brain development, mood, and bone maintenance, to name a few. Sounds pretty important, right?

Hormones are produced by glands in the endocrine system. As the hormones travel throughout your body, they send messages to your organs to tell them what to do and when. It’s easy to see and understand why when hormones are unbalanced it can affect your entire body – and your mood!

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Why Weight?

How the numbers on your scale could be affecting your pregnancy chances

There’s nothing more exciting than the start of a new adventure, especially when it comes to creating a family. For many hopeful couples, the journey is a seamless, no-stress process that simply begins as soon as they decide. But for countless others, it can be lengthier and, let’s face it, downright stressful.

scaleAccording to, only 30% of couples conceive within the first cycle. For the average healthy woman, it can take roughly 6 months to conceive naturally. There are many ways couples can boost their chances of conceiving quickly, but what if the key to your conception concerns were as simple as managing your weight?

Let’s take a look at how your weight may be affecting your chances of conception.

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A Woman’s Guide to Urinary Incontinence

freedom from urinary incontinenceUrinary incontinence affects men and women, but women are disproportionately affected by the problem. Understandably so. A woman’s body experiences many changes that place pressure on the bladder, as well as changes that make the tissues of the urinary tract and vaginal area more prone to leaks. Bladder control is one of the most fundamental aspects of being human, so when a woman lives with urine leakage, her self-confidence is significantly affected. Understanding that urinary incontinence is a symptom of a condition helps a woman feel more optimistic about herself. Continue reading

Urinary Incontinence… It’s Not Normal

urinary-incontinenceThere are so many factors in life that we simply accept as normal, even though we may not be happy with the situation. Your general acceptance may be a survival instinct or just a sign that we, as women, have busy lives and other priorities. Some things, though, eat away at our confidence and comfort little-by-little every day. Urinary incontinence is one such example. It is common to experience a little leakage now and then, but when does urinary incontinence become a concern to discuss with Dr. Shoemaker?

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Liberated From Incontinence

Let’s face it. Urinary incontinence has changed your life, but not in a good way. The condition carries with it physical and emotional implications that have you on edge. At Innovations in Health, we have worked with many women just like you who once thought that urinary incontinence was just an unfortunate part of life, but like them, you can be liberated from urinary incontinence.

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ThermiVa: Urinary Incontinence and Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment Without Surgery

Get the Advanced ThermiVa Procedure for Urinary Incontinence in Corpus Christi, Texas 

Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker is a respected OB/GYN. He is known for his expertise in all areas of gynecological and obstetrical care. Dr. Shoemaker proudly offers the advanced, non-invasive ThermiVa treatment for urinary incontinence and vaginal rejuvenation to his patients in Corpus Christi, Tx.

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The longer you live with suboptimal natural hormones the higher your risk for depression

Could Early Menopause Be Triggering Your Depression?

A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry concluded that there is a significant link between the early onset of menopause and later years of depression. The authors found potentially that the longer we are exposed to hormones increases the positive impact our brains, therefore decreasing vulnerability to depression years after menopause.

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