Karen Cooper, DO

Karen Cooper, DO

Karen Cooper, DO, Director of Be Well Moms℠ in the Women's Health Institute, is board-certified in family medicine and specializes in medical weight management. She is an avid exerciser, a wellness advocate, and a sought-after media expert on the topic of obesity.

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5 Ways Obesity Affects Your Fertility

Tags: fertility, infertility, obesity, pregnancy, women's health

To become pregnant, a healthy weight matters. Obesity has a number of different effects on your fertility—as well as your partner’s.


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Breastfeeding’s Added Benefit: Weight Loss (Video)

Tags: breastfeeding, pregnancy, video, weight loss

After having a baby, women who breastfeed get a benefit they may not expect.


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Pregnancy Myth: You’re Eating for Two (Video)

Tags: diet, healthy diet, healthy weight, myths, pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it’s often easy to overeat based on a simple idea: “I’m eating for two.” But how many extra calories do you really need?


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6 Tips for A Healthy Pregnancy Weight

Tags: diet, healthy diet, healthy weight, pregnancy

Find out how to keep your weight on track — for a healthy you and a healthy baby.


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Busting 5 Myths About Pregnancy and Weight

Tags: diet, healthy diet, obesity, pregnancy, weight gain, women's health

Be wary of misinformation about weight gain and pregnancy. For starters, you’re not really eating for two.


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Can You Exercise During Pregnancy?

Tags: exercise, fitness, pregnancy

With the right guidance, you can stay active while you are pregnant. In fact, exercise can be good for you and your baby.


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The Right Weight for a Healthier Pregnancy

Tags: healthy diet, obesity, pregnancy

Women’s health bariatrician Karen Cooper, DO, talks about how much weight is safe to gain during pregnancy — and the risks too much weight can have on mom and baby.


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The Buzz Around Coffee Bean Extract

Tags: coffee, diet, healthy diet, supplements, weight loss

Marketing slogans tout green coffee bean extract as a miracle supplement, but does it work?


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Beyond BMI: A Better Tool to Measure Your Health

Tags: BMI, body mass index, diabetes, heart attack, hypertension, obesity, overweight, stroke, waist-to-height-ratio

Waist-to-height ratio does a better job of predicting your health risks. Best of all, just like BMI, you can measure it yourself.


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5 Free Fitness Apps: An Expert’s Take

Tags: apps, exercise, exercise plan, fitness, technology, weight loss

There are plenty of apps for exercise and fitness, but some are more helpful than others. For a starting point, check out these five free apps.