The Future Of Motherhood: Health Changes To Watch For

You might very well have plenty of years left in you yet, but how many of them are truly going to be good? There’s nothing that makes you feel time ticking by quite like being a mother with a growing family. We deteriorate as we age, and there are some problems that every mother is going to have to address and start planning for now because the risks are very real.

 

 

Older and heavier

You might have the best metabolism in the world, but it starts going downhill sooner or later. Weight gain increases as we get older and we retain more body fat, with 60% of women over 50 fitting the definition of “overweight” and “obese”. Diet and exercise aren’t optional if you want to stay healthy as you get older. Cardio, strength training, and relying more on whole foods can very quickly turn back the “inevitable”.

 

Back to basics

It’s not caused solely by age or weight gain, but back pain is most certainly exacerbated by it. Pregnancy and motherhood have a huge role to play in causing back pain, too. If you’re starting to suffer back pain problems, now is the time to tackle it. Massage therapy, stretching exercises, and even relaxation techniques can all help to not only manage the pain but repair the damage.

 

 

Common sense

Our senses tend to go as we age, and this is often less preventable than other health issues like back pain or weight gain. Age-related hearing loss is caused by the breakdown of tiny cells in the inner-ear, for instance, which there’s little to do about. Instead, it’s worth getting your ears and checked out regularly by your doctor and get more aware of the potential need for hearing aids, eyeglasses, and other lifestyle changes. There are a lot of resources out there for adapting to age-related disability. It’s all about being proactive and acting on changes as early as possible.   

 

Feel it in your bones

We suffer a lot of issues more commonly with our bones and joints as we grow older, too. Osteoporosis, arthritis, and a loss of bone density are particularly prevalent in women, so it’s never really too early to start taking calcium supplements.

 

 

The heart of the matter

There are some issues related to the heart and blood vessels that occur naturally with age, but much of it is preventable. Heart disease is still the single most prevalent preventable causes of death. We need to check often for the risk factors of heart disease such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions, obesity, and smoking.

 

Mind your head

As we get much older, then our mind tends to be the thing we worry about the most. Memory can start to suffer, and concentration can lapse. Our mind needs activity like the rest of the body and brain exercises can help ensure you keep it fighting fit.

Aging shouldn’t be something to fear (besides the dreaded wrinkles) but the changes to our physical health should definitely scare you into taking some action. These happen to many more women than you might think, so don’t make the mistake of thinking they will skip you out of sheer luck.

 

 

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