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While being a mother means caring for others, moms also need to remember to take care of themselves. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Dr. Miriam Seitz to talk about how moms of every age can take steps to live a safer and healthier life.
Dr. Seitz is a board certified OBGYN at the University Health Partners of Hawaii and an Assistant Clinical Professor for the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Women have bodies with unique health related issues, and doctors see and help them through some of the most critical times in their lives, from puberty to childbirth, delivery and menopause. Over the years, Dr. Seitz says she’s helped women who have had overactive bladder, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine on the way to the bathroom), pelvic organ prolapse or defecatory dysfunction. Many of these conditions develop after childbirth or later in life during menopause.
One third of all adult women will develop one of these conditions and there are a variety of treatment options including minor behavioral changes, medications or minor procedures. When needed, minimally invasive surgery is also offered at the new University Health Partners of Hawaii Pali Momi location or at its location inside of Kapiolani Medical Center.
Being a parent brings incredible joy and is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but it’s also very exhausting. Moms tend to be on duty 24/7 – there are no weekends or sick days off. Often times, kids are the most important things in their lives and moms get so caught up and focused on them that they forget to take care of themselves.
Self-neglect and ignoring personal needs can make a person feel tired, stressed, worn out and unhealthy. In fact, the less a person focuses on their needs, the less vibrant and healthy they tend to feel.
Dr. Seitz encourages moms to make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a safer and healthier life. Simple things like eating healthy, staying hydrated, moving around, managing stress and getting sleep can make a big difference. Routine visits to the doctor are also a good idea since doctors can help prevent, detect, treat or manage potential illnesses or disease.