Pregnancy by AgeThese days, many women are waiting until they’re older to start a family. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, a successful pregnancy is possible and you can help by following these health tips.

In your 20s the body is primed for pregnancy and producing the highest quality eggs but fertility problems can occur at any age. Track your menstrual cycle; an uneven cycle may be a sign of other issues that can make it harder to get pregnant.

You can also take steps to avoid certain chemicals that could affect fertility. For example, eating organically grown foods can help you avoid the risk of exposure to pesticides. Your 20s is also the time to establish a fitness regimen including strength training that will serve you well for decades to come.

pregnant woman eating yogurtYou're pregnant and preparing to see those numbers rise on the scale, but how much weight gain is too much? Every pregnant body is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Here’s what accounts for the weight that’s gained in a typical pregnancy:

  • Increased Blood Supply (4 pounds)
  • Extra Storage of Fat (Up to 10 pounds)
  • Expanded Uterus (Up to 5 pounds)
  • Extra Breast Tissue (Up to 3 pounds)
  • Developing Baby, Placenta, and Amniotic Fluid (Up to 15 pounds)

This means most women will gain between 25 and 35 pounds during a pregnancy. Underweight mothers may need to gain more, while overweight and obese patients may only gain 10 to 20 pounds without additional risk. Gaining too much weight or not enough can put you at risk for premature birth and increase the likelihood of a caesarean section.

mother and babyEvery mom-to-be has heard of it -- the “baby blues” that can hit you right after you’ve given birth. It’s quite common to feel a bit sad, fatigued and worried in those first days of new motherhood. But what if the “baby blues” won't end?

It's estimated that 1 out of 7 new mothers may suffer from postpartum depression, which is different from the “baby blues.” This is when anxieties and dark feelings dominate your life for weeks after you and your baby are home. Postpartum depression can include insomnia or excessive sleep; loss of appetite; lack of interest in your baby or feeling disconnected from your newborn.

Covid19 300x200We are now accepting all appointments, routine or otherwise.

We will continue to except telemedicine visits as well for those not comfortable coming in. We also want to notify you that all Henry Ford facilities including our office required that anyone coming into one of our facilities wear a mask throughout their visit, and unfortunately, we are still at the point where we cannot accept any companions or visitors with the patient in our facilities. 



PCOS 300x2000Irregular periods. Infertility. Pelvic pain. Weight gain. Excess facial and body hair. All of these can be symptoms of a condition that affects one in ten women of childbearing age.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) causes an overproduction of the male hormone androgen. This makes the ovaries develop small follicles that fail to release an egg.  It can cause irregular periods with only 8 or 9 a year instead of a monthly cycle, and that makes it difficult to become pregnant.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax