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February 2014

It’s not your imagination: it really is more difficult to do things outdoors in cold weather. When the mercury dips, we all need to take some precautions, whether we’re enjoying outdoor sports or trudging to the bus stop. This is especially true if you have a health condition.


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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: How can I maintain my activities in cold weather?

In February, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Stephanie Naulls, registered kinesiologist with the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, about coping with the cold, whether you’re trying to keep up your running schedule, or just running errands.

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Women are at an increased risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders, especially during their reproductive years. For pregnant women and new mothers, a change in hormones, body and emotions may provoke a potential vulnerability in developing mental health difficulties. The most common perinatal mental health difficulties that affect women during this transition are anxiety and depression. Visit the Perinatal Mental Health section of our Online Mental Health Centre to learn more about the signs of postpartum depression, the risk factors of perinatal depression and how to cope with the disorder.

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