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5 Helpful Tips for Recovering After C-Section Surgery

Whenever possible, we support a vaginal birth as long as it is a viable, healthy option for both mother and baby. However, in some cases, a C-section may be necessary. Sometimes recovery may feature unexpected elements, so we wanted to offer these 5 tips for recovering after your procedure.

Koop Kam Update: To Hatch, or Not To Hatch...

August 28, 2018 “To hatch, or not to hatch, that is the question.”   Two happenings in the Kamm McKenzie Koop today.  Some good news, and some not so good news.  First the bad news.  I’m not sure just how to break it to Miss Frizzle, but her eggs are sterile.  I brought a pen light into work today and “candled” the eggs, which is to say transilluminated them and see if there was a chicken embryo in there.  Nada, and it is day 15 out of 21 days of gestation.  If the light shines through and the whole egg glows, ain’t nothing going on in there.  If there is a dark spot, that spot is a developing chick.   Here is a chart:     Here is one of Miss Frizzle’s eggs:   Now for the good news (maybe).  We have 4 Silkie chickens.  You can’t tell if they are a boy or a girl until they either “lay an egg or crow”, according to the gentleman from whom they were purchased ...

Things That Start With the Letter "C"

Some of you are aware that, yes, we do have chickens at our Computer Drive office. That starts with the letter “C”, but this blog post isn’t about them. Cesarean section starts with the letter “C”; let’s talk about that for a bit. I was compiling some data to share with an insurance company who has recently developed a product that doesn’t include WakeMed or Duke as an option for people who end up with that insurance plan. That limits your choice.

Labor Day Chicks?

I noticed some different activity from our Miss Frizzle today. She spent the majority of her day sitting in one of the nesting boxes. We have had tiny eggs for about three weeks now, and I am not real sure who has been laying them.

Placenta: To Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Question

The placenta is your body's only disposable organ. It contains a network of tissue and blood vessels that allows for the exchange of nutrients and gases between the mother and the fetus. It removes waste products and carbon dioxide from the fetus. It is the blood barrier between the maternal and fetal circulation. Some antibodies can pass from mother to fetus helping protect from some diseases. It functions as an endocrine organ making some hormones. These functions we can all accept. The question being addressed in this post is, "Is it worth eating?"

The Pink Pill: Part 2

As “the pink pill” (brand name Addyi, generic  name flibanserin)  was approved in August, I thought it would timely to post a few initial observations.  

Sharks, Your Period, and You (Queue the Music)

With all the shark attacks on the coast of North Carolina this summer (seven since June 11), we thought it would be timely to address the question of whether or not it is safe to swim in the ocean while menstruating?

Decreased Libido and "The Little Pink Pill"

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), commonly called “decreased libido”, affects approximately 10% of the female population across all age groups according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine.  With new national news organizations introducing the "little pink pill" I thought it would be a good time to review HSDD.

Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

A common question that arises while pregnant is “What foods should I NOT eat and why?” It doesn’t make intuitive sense that some foods are fine if you are not pregnant, but become a problem once you are.

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