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HEALTH MATTERS FOR WOMEN,Letter from the Editor 1 Why Women Use Drugs. Life is all about choices Read how this magazine can and Alcohol 6. help you make the best ones for a healthy life Learn more about alcohol and drug use their effects. on the body and where to get help with a substance. abuse problem,Stressed Out 8,Get some fresh ideas for coping with stress and. understanding when you may need more than just a,quick pick me up to feel better. Love Doesn t Hurt 9,Domestic violence comes in many forms Learn the. warning signs of abuse and where to call for help,2 Smoking Is More Than.
Just a Habit 10, Health Isn t Just About We all know smoking is bad for your heart and. Your Body 2 lungs But did you know how many other things. Relationships need to be cared for to stay healthy Learn are affected You may be surprised. the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and get. tips on creating positive partnerships too,Positive Steps 12. Use this step by step guide to making positive, Food Mood Cravings You 4 changes in your life and see how you can control. Read why you crave certain foods and how to make what happens to you next. smart food choices,She May Be Your Sister Your Friend. Are You Ready 5 Your Neighbor 13, If you are thinking about pregnancy see why planning Change can be hard Get ideas on how to support.
ahead is essential for increasing your chances of a healthy someone as she tries to make a positive life change. pregnancy and baby,POWER Look for the partner power boxes for tips. on how friends and family can support each,other in making tough life choices. Letter from the Editor,Are you like everybody else. The latest trends the coolest places to hang out the best new. music it s easy to get caught up in what everybody else has or. is doing It feels good to be a part of the crowd But life shouldn t. be about keeping up with others or saying yes to something just. to please a friend or partner It s about choices and deciding for. yourself what s best for you And if you are pregnant thinking. about getting pregnant or having sex you need to think about. what is best for baby too The choices you make about your body. will affect you and your child,How smart are you, Inside you ll find information about how to make smart decisions. for a healthier you It includes questions to help you think about. your life and offers resources to help you make positive changes. Making healthy choices can improve the quality of your life in. many ways including how you physically look and feel and how. you feel about yourself,It is all about YOU, At the end of the day everything you do is about making choices.
Sometimes you make a great choice and things work out just the. way you hoped Other times you need to change your focus try. again or make a different choice in order to get where you want. to go That s ok Whether it s about food stress relationships. smoking alcohol or more choices can help you make positive. changes for life And it s never too late You can make the. choice to change any time you want,In a healthy In an unhealthy relationship. relationship you one or both of you, Feel safe respected and secure Feels scared and pressured by or jealous and possessive of the. Are comfortable being yourself other person, Listen to each other s feelings and Makes all the decisions without listening to what the other one thinks. support each other wants or needs, Enjoy time together and apart Criticizes and makes the other person feel bad. Respect sexual decisions together Keeps the other person from seeing other people. Trust and are honest with each other Expects to know where the other one is and what she he is doing. at all times,Forces the other person to have sex, Hurts or threatens to hurt the other person her his family members.
pets or favorite things,When friends talk to you about something. quiz that is important to them do you, Ask them about their feelings and listen to their answers. Check in with them to make sure you truly understand. Focus on them and their feelings without trying to tie the. conversation back to you and your experiences, Sometimes miss what they are saying because you are thinking. about what you want to say next, If you answered yes to all but the last question you are a great listener If not. think about how you can better focus your attention on others so they can be. heard As the saying goes To have a good friend you have to be a good friend. Good friendships and any other kind of healthy relationship start when people. hear each other and respect each other s feelings and needs They can. communicate openly and honestly,Creating Healthy,Relationships.
Life is full of relationships with friends co workers family and romances In a healthy relationship you feel comfortable. happy and respected Sometimes it can be just the opposite you feel scared sad or worried In an unhealthy relationship. you may feel like you don t have control over choices about how you act or what you do. Am I the only one,Who do you turn to when you need to. make a decision,Is that person a good or bad influence. Would that person support you in,making good choices like getting an. If you can t name two people,who are positive influences. in your life look for new,friends who will support you.
in making healthy choices, Sometimes I feel like I am the only one of my friends who. doesn t party all the time I really want to take care of myself. but find it hard to do on my own What can I do Partner. If someone is trying to get you to use alcohol or drugs smoke or. something else that is bad for you you need to think hard about your. relationship Research shows that people who have friends that make. Think about a friend or family member that, unhealthy choices are more likely to make those same bad choices you trust to help you make good choices. Perhaps it s time to move on Take time to tell her how much you value her. Make a plan to do something together that, It takes energy but good friends are worth the effort Remember that in you both enjoy. a good relationship both people feel good about themselves If you. believe in yourself and your right to be treated well you re on the right. track The keys to a good relationship are respect and trust And the best. way to earn that trust is to communicate well You need to be able to 3. talk AND listen to each other,You Don t skip out, It s not just what you eat that matters Skip a meal and your. blood sugar may drop too much You could wind up with a. headache feel dizzy or be moody To avoid feeling bad don t. What triggers you let too much time pass between meals or snacks. Do you go for the chips when you re,stressed or ice cream when you feel blue.
Your emotions can trigger you to seek EAT SMART MOVE MORE. comfort food something that reminds Enjoy more fruits and vegetables Make fruits and. you of a happy time or was given to you vegetables more than half your plate at every meal and for. to feel better as a child every snack Fresh frozen dried or canned all count so mix. Food triggers can be physical too, Right size your portions Eat smaller portions of food and. Craving sweets or salty snacks before,drinks at a slower pace to fill you up not out. your period can be because of hormone, changes If you crave something unusual Re think your drink Try water with lemon or flavored. like crushed ice check with your doctor unsweetened drinks instead of sugary drinks. You may need to add certain vitamins Prepare more meals at home Healthy home cooked. or minerals to your diet meals can be quick easy and inexpensive Follow simple. recipes to reduce preparation time,Choose to move more everyday Walk dance play work. in your yard 30 minutes of day of movement can help you. stay in shape and feeling good Can t find 30 minutes all at. once Break it up into three 10 minute activities instead. Did you know,Caffeine can give you energy But it can also make.
you cranky or nervous or make it hard for you to,fall asleep Cut back on coffee cola and chocolate. 4 and you cut back on problems,Planning ahead for A VITAMIN a Day. All women should take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms. your future family mcg of folic acid every day before getting pregnant and. throughout pregnancy This can significantly lower your risk of. Do you dream of a big family with,having a baby born with certain birth defects. lots of children Is one or two enough,Maybe you don t see any children in. your future Do you have a plan If you,see yourself with any children in the.
Timing is everything, After your first baby is born it is important to plan ahead for your. years ahead you need to make sure, next one Consider spacing out your pregnancies Most research. you are healthy before getting, suggests that waiting 2 3 years between children is ideal for mom. pregnant Women with certain health, and baby Having babies too close together less than 11 2 years. conditions including obesity diabetes, or too far apart more than 5 years can lead to complications.
asthma high blood pressure and,for both baby and mom. those who smoke drink alcohol or use,illegal drugs may be at higher risk for. preterm birth low birthweight babies,and babies born with mental or Not Ready Yet. physical problems That s ok Having a child is a big decision and one you need to. consider seriously Whether you see yourself with one child many. Planning ahead is the key to helping or none at all you need to plan for your future Half of all. you have a healthy pregnancy Ask pregnancies in North Carolina are unplanned If you get pregnant. yourself and your doctor do I need to unexpectedly it can lead to a lot of stress for you your family and. Get tested for any any infections or your child If you have decided that now is NOT the time for you to. health conditions have a baby have you thought about how to prevent yourself from. Control any health issues I have getting pregnant There are many kinds of birth control Talk to your. healthcare provider to decide what is the best kind for you. Stop or change any medicines I am, Change my diet or exercise routines Take To learn more about family planning and birth. control talk to your healthcare provider,Share any important information in.
my family history, the If you do not have one contact your local health. You need to talk to your doctor and be First department or call Planned Parenthood at. 1 800 230 PLAN 7526 to find a clinic, truthful about how your behaviors can Step in your area. affect you your baby and the rest of, Some women use alcohol and other drugs to escape Getting. high makes them feel better It helps them forget about their. problems For others it s all about the thrill of doing something. they shouldn t or the feeling they get from the drug itself Other. women start out by trying a little for fun at parties or clubs. Have you heard because others are doing it or they are curious But they fall into. these reasons the trap of thinking that being high is the only way to have a. good time or their bodies crave more,SEX is better Some women say drugs. can increase pleasure in bed The truth is Lower your alcohol intake and get. alcohol and drugs can make you lose your, Less bloating Alcohol causes bloating all over sometimes.
ability to make good choices You could end, making your face puffy Not to mention beer and wine are high. up with a stranger or with a nasty sexually,in calories and can cause weight gain. transmitted infection from a one night fling, Shinier hair Too much alcohol can dry your hair making it. You could pass out and become vulnerable to,look dull Drinking can also cause dandruff. physical and sexual assault You can even get, Clearer skin Drinking can make your acne worse When.
pregnant when you didn t plan on it, you drink a lot of alcohol your body does not process vitamins. It helps me cope with and calcium well This can lead to dull skin and breakouts. Moister lips Women who drink too much don t get all of. Have you ever felt like your life is, the vitamins and nutrients they need and that can lead to dry. out of control Some women turn to drugs and,cracked lips. alcohol for a pick me up or to relax if they are,stressed You might feel better for a short time. But keep it up and you could end up with,hangovers withdrawals and even worse.
problems including addiction,Alcohol affects women differently than men How. I m too FAT If you use drugs to Women break down alcohol slower Why Because women. typically weigh less and have less water and more fat in their. lose weight you may hurt yourself more than, the extra pounds do Drugs can make you bodies than men so more alcohol goes directly into the. physically sick If you become dehydrated you bloodstream Alcohol gets to a woman s brain faster and she. risk heart and liver damage feels the effects sooner Binge drinking too much alcohol in a. short time can cause you to pass out vomit a lot or can even. Did you know, Cocaine including crack cocaine is extremely addictive It can cause panic attacks paranoia stroke and. death Meth also is very addictive It causes rapid irregular heart beat as well as extreme energy and. alertness Long term use can lead to violent behavior anxiety confusion and s. your life and offers resources to help you make positive changes Making healthy choices can improve the quality of your life in many ways including how you physically look and feel and how you feel about yourself It is all about YOU At the end of the day everything you do is about making choices

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