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THIS JUST IN
GOOD-FOR-YOU NEWS, CUES AND REVIEWS

POSTPARTUM-
WHO KNEW?
After you have a baby, it can feel like
you're entering into the great unknown.
You're trying to care for this tiny new
life while also adjusting to your new
postpartum normal. Kathryn Parris, MD,
an OB/GYN with Northside Hospital and
Gwinnett Physicians Group OB/GYN,
notes a few changes you can expect:
Vaginal pain. The first few weeks
after delivery, it's normal for your vagina
to feel stretched and sore.
Difficulty going to the bathroom.
Having an episiotomy or hemorrhoids
from pregnancy can increase the
likelihood of constipation.
A late period. Depending on whether
you breastfeed, your first period may
arrive anywhere from five to seven
weeks post-baby.
Hot flashes. Thanks to extra fluid
retained during pregnancy, you may
experience excessive sweating. Your
body's production of the hormone prolactin raises your internal temperature,
which can make you feel hot.

CALL

Are You Six
Weeks Out?

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W IN TER 2019

WORKOUTS
THAT WORK

HIKING

Hiking might just be the perfect workout. Like walking, it requires little
equipment and almost no skill. But it offers a more comprehensive
workout than walking and can be customized for all ages and abilities.
A 155-pound adult will burn about 210 calories during a 30-minute,
moderate-intensity hike. Hiking on uneven terrain helps strengthen core
muscles and improve your balance skills. Elevation gains and walking in
sand or snow help you build cardiovascular strength. Plus, studies have
shown being in nature reduces stress and depression.
Keep these safety tips in mind before heading out on the trail:
Take a buddy or tell someone where you'll be hiking
3
and for how long.
3 Use trekking poles if you have balance issues or knee pain.
3 Don't forget to carry a fully charged phone.
Look back periodically, especially at turns, so you can
3
recognize your way back.
3 Bring plenty of water.
3 Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes designed for hiking.

PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES

After delivering your baby,
it's important to stay up to
date with your health care
needs. Start by scheduling
your six-week postpartum
appointment with a GPG
OB/GYN by calling
678-775-0600.

Watch your
step-but keep
stepping!



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