It’s Video Wednesday!
This week, I am taking a look at the HealthTap App. As you will recall from the last blog entry, HealthTap is a health information website that provides health information, tips and breaking health information. The site boasts some 40,000 physician experts from all 50 states and 128 specialties. HealthTap has just rolled out its new App and now consumers can have the convenience of health information at their fingertips.
The App is more than just an encyclopedia of health information. It is a way for consumers to store and track their own health information. This morning, I downloaded the app onto my iPad. The App then guided me through the registration process and enabled me to input personal information and preferences. I was able to “follow” doctors whose work I highly respect and often cite in my blogs and other educational information. I can contact my own gynecologist (who is a participating physician), ask questions of other physicians and get feedback on lab information, tests and other health inquiries.
I have to say that I barely scratched the surface of the HealthTap App. I am sure that it has many more functions that I have yet to discover. But I found it really easy to use, easy to read and easy to input and save my information. I think that this app may be a handy way for Mamas on Bedrest to chart their bed rest progress. In particular, when I think of mamas with cervical insufficiency, each time you go to the OB, you can chart your cervical measurements and keep track. If you have pregnancy induced hypertension or pre-eclampsia, you can track your blood pressures and/or urine proteins (if your OB has you doing urine dip sticks). And this tool is useful after your pregnancy as well; helping you to chart breastfeeding, weight loss, exercise, sleep, and other health indices.
Give it a shot. It’s free and fun (The Geek in Me was quite giddy playing with this!!).
In this the second part in this brief series on cervical insufficieny/incompetent cervix, Bedrest Coach Darline Turner offers another potential cause of CI/IC- inflammation-and discusses the role of 17 Alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P).
The incompetent cervix is far and away the most common reason that the mamas in our community are on bed rest. Some come with shortened cervices. Others come with funneling. Many mamas have both cervical conditions. In this video blog, I try to give a little insight into just what is going on with your cervix-demonstrating with clay models. I’m no Michelangelo, but I think you’ll get the point. Be sure to check back for our follow up post on the effect of inflammation on the cervix.