Moms, Mother’s Day and Health



May 9 was Mother’s Day. For me, it was the 6th year that I can truly celebrate this unique event, the 6th year since I joined the breed of human being called mothers. I noticed during the days before the big day, there were several health campaigns about mothers’ roles in health. This is not surprising considering that human life starts within a mom’s womb and is usually nurtured from childhood till adulthood by mom. In other wordss, we moms, have a very important role in keeping this world healthy.

Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week to Raise Awareness of Gestational Diabetes
In observance of Mother’s Day, which also marked the start of National Women’s Week, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health are actively working to raise awareness about gestational diabetes (GD). What needs to be emphasized is that GD does not only affect the mother and does not stop at delivery. In fact, the health risks continue well after, both for mom and baby. Moms who have had GD have a higher risk of developing the long-lasting chronic diabetes after delivery. Their babies face higher risk for diabetes as well as obesity.

According to Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the NIDDK.

“As we celebrate Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week May 9 through 15, we want all mothers with a history of gestational diabetes to be aware of their long-term health risks, the health risks faced by their children, and steps they can take to keep themselves and their families healthy.”

Mother’s Day T-shirt from Diane von Furstenberg
The fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg has designed a Mother’s Day 2010 t-shirt to benefit the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA), “an international coalition that promotes increased public awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women and newborns.” The shrrt is white with “Love is Life” in white ribbon detail up front and is made from amterial of 88% viscose and 12% silk.
Read von Furstenberg’s partnership with WRA at the Huffington Post.

Health Information for Mother’s Day
Medline Plus recommends a special Mother’s Day gift: reliable health information for Mother’s Day! Although Mother’s Day has come and gone, the information is still there, and can be given as gift anytime. Check out:

Also, please check out a wide range of health books in our site.

Mother and Son Share Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Mother’s Day
It is a very rare thing to happen and a big blow to those involved: Lynda and Cedric Skillom, mom-and-son duo who were both positive for mutations in BRCA2 gene and had developed precancerous breast tissue. Due to fast interventions, the duo celebrated Mother’s Day 2010 together, cancer-free. More about their story in a later post.

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