Dr Hilary Jones' Healthcare Guide - Essex, Kent & Sussex - (Page 17)

cto Dcall r on pregnancy stress Since becoming pregnant with my second child, I’ve found that my mental health seems to be crashing. I’m already sleep deprived, running on an average of five hours’ sleep a night that is always interrupted throughout. I feel I have lost the ability to handle any form of stress. I went from being a full-time employee, and a mother, to having poor work performance, constantly crying, and feeling like I’m no good at what I do. I know these are signs of depression, but don’t understand why. My partner and I have just bought a house, we are expecting our son in the spring, I have everything I want, but I can’t seem to get it together. It has now reached the point where I feel I can’t handle my job either. Is there some kind of emotional disorder brought on by pregnancy itself? Daisy, 32, Basildon Worried about cholesterol levels or prostate cancer? Dr Hilary answers all your health concerns Post- Q Being pregnant can be a stressful and emotional time, but don't be hard on yourself, your feelings are not unusual Pregnancy is stressful in many ways, especially if you’re already trying to look after one young child and you are sleep deprived. There are huge psychological as well as physical changes involved in pregnancy and you will have worries and concerns about the future. You’re not at all unusual in feeling as you do, so don’t feel guilty. Proper support is essential, and I would encourage you to join a mother and baby group where there will be like-minded women, and talk to your midwife and doctor so that a strategy to avoid post-natal depression can be planned for you. A I’ve recently been given the all clear after my battle with prostate cancer. Over the past two years, however, the treatment for the disease has caused me to develop a few side effects including occasional bladder weakness. I have always been very active with a full-time job and often spend hours on the golf course with friends at the weekend so it’s important that I can manage the side effects. Do you have any suggestions? Stephen, 62, Ashford Q Prostate cancer A I’m delighted to hear you’re now on the road to recovery. It’s important to know you’re not alone: one in nine men in the UK experience some form of bladder weakness. Make sure you drink enough liquids, as being dehydrated makes your urine concentrated and that can irritate the bladder. avoid drinking too much caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks as these are diuretics, which make you urinate more. I also suggest trying Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles as it can help reduce the symptoms. also, you may not be aware but TEna Men offers a solution in the form of an absorbent pad specifically engineered for male bladder weakness. For further information, visit www.tenamen.co.uk  Dr Hilary Jones’ Healthcare guide – Essex, Kent and Sussex 017 http://www.tenamen.co.uk

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dr Hilary Jones' Healthcare Guide - Essex, Kent & Sussex

editor’s letter
A healthy hello from Dr Hilary
NEWS and views
the big interview
Question time
A weighty issue
fitness for free
Top nosh
Make the right decision
choosing the best
breast cancer
cosmetic surgery
Ear, nose and throat
obstetrics and gynaecology
oral surgery

Dr Hilary Jones' Healthcare Guide - Essex, Kent & Sussex