Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

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As many as 80 percent of moms experience what’s called the “baby blues” within the first few days to two weeks following delivery. They cry more easily, feel irritable or like they’re on an emotional roller coaster, and are fatigued. Fortunately, this is usually a relatively short – and mild – experience that generally lasts a few days and resolves on its own. But, as Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, vice chair, obstetrics and gynecology research, explains in a recent Simply Well blog post, one in seven women will have a more serious condition known as postpartum depression (PPD). Read the article to learn more about the signs of PPD and and how it’s treated.

Dr. Patel Shares the Secrets to Excelling in Your Golden Years

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Are you afraid of aging? Don’t be! Getting older is a natural part of life, and quite a beautiful one as well. As long as you’re checking up on your health, getting old shouldn’t be scary. In the latest Simply Well blog post Neety Patel, MD, family medicine physician at UMass Memorial Medical Group’s Fitchburg Family Practice, shares, “Even if you have a family history of certain health issues, your genes aren’t necessarily your destiny. Adopting healthy habits can do wonders to help ensure that your golden years are, indeed, platinum.” Read the blog.

Simply Well: Enjoy Tasty Vegan Options for Turkey Day

Whether you’re vegan or you have someone who eats a plant-based diet joining you for Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to consider some delicious alternative recipes. Just because people choose to eat plant-based doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a hearty meal on Thanksgiving and experience food comas just like everyone else! Check out some alternatives for macaroni & cheese, gravy and mashed potatoes in the latest Simply Well blog produced by the Marketing and Communications team, and sign up to receive future blog posts in your email box.

 

 

Simply Well: Six Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose … It’s not until you feel better that you’re thankful for your regular everyday health. No one likes to have a cold or flu, so in the latest blog post, Simply Well offers six tips that could help build your immune system and keep the germs away. It’s not just about handwashing. Visit Simply Well to learn more, and sign up to receive future blog posts in your email box.

Simply Well: When Is It Time to See a Fertility Specialist?

Most couples think that getting pregnant when they’re “ready” will be easy. The fact is, however, an estimated one in 10 couples will experience infertility. If you think you might be among that 10 percent, you may be asking, “How long should we keep trying to get pregnant on our own?” and “When is it time to see a fertility specialist?” In a recent Simply Well blog post, Shaila Chauhan, MD, chief, reproductive endocrinology/infertility, shares guidelines about when to see a fertility specialist, common reasons for not being able to conceive, and commonsense things couples can do to improve their chances of conceiving before they see a fertility specialist. This post is part of our Simply Women initiative that caters to the unique health care needs of women and their families.

And the Simply Well Summer Contest Winner Is …

Laurie Stancato’s winning photo: Two-year-old Taryn enjoys corn on the cob by the lake.

The Simply Well team would like to thank everyone for entering our #simplywellsummer contest. Entrants shared photos that showed how they participated in the “50 Things to Do Under $10” contest. Laurie Stancato, administration, won the family four-pack of tickets to Wachusett Mountain’s Farm Fresh Fest, for her photo “enjoying a lakeside picnic.” Thank you all for sharing your summer with us, and be sure to subscribe to the Simply Well Blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department for health tips and recipes delivered to your inbox.

Follow Simply Well; Win Tickets to Wachusett’s Farm Fresh Fest!

Have you bought lemonade from a neighborhood stand? Watched the sunset? Had a water balloon fight? If you have done those activities or any others from our 50 things to do under $10 list, you could be eligible to win tickets to Wachusett Mountain’s September 8 Farm Fresh Fest. Enter the contest by taking a photo of you completing any of the activities and then submit it in one of the following ways:

  1. Share your post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #simplywellsummer.
  2. Upload the photo directly to our gallery.
  3. Send your photo in a private message to the Medical Center on Facebook.

Watch Simply Well Summer Video; Win Farm Fresh Fest Tickets

Keep your #simplywellsummer going strong by watching our third summer safety video featuring seven gardening safety tips. And if you haven’t already, don’t miss out on getting your “50 Things To Do for Under $10” printout emailed to you. All you need to do is Follow the Simply Well Blog. Once you have your list in hand, you can be a part of #SimplyWellSummer and enter a drawing to win a family four-pack of tickets to Wachusett Mountain’s Farm Fresh Fest. Just do any of the activities on our list and share your photos to enter. Read the full contest details.

Simply Well: Get the Skinny on Sugar and Sweeteners

Early in the morning, it’s easy to add one too many spoons of sugar into your coffee. But what is sugar doing to your body? Is there a better way to sweeten your morning coffee while still satisfying your sweet tooth? It’s time to talk about the different types of sugars and sweeteners and how they affect your body in the Simply Well blog. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today and get a free summer download of 50 things to do under $10.

Simply Well: What You Need to Know about Your Microbiome?

Who are we, exactly? For a long time, this age-old question has been holding a special place in the realms of philosophy and religion. Science has also come up with an answer, though it may not be what you’re expecting. In the latest Simply Well blog post, Barbara Olendzki, RD, MPH, director of the Center for Applied Nutrition, and Cordelia Shee Toh, nutrition intern, talk about the human microbiome – the microorganisms that live in and on us that have profound influences on immune development, health and disease – and how to protect it. Simply Well, a community wellness blog, is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.