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Labor Precautions: When to Call

You are finally at term and the seconds, minutes and days seem to slow to a crawl. Your mother-in-law is texting you non-stop wanting to know when the grand-kiddo is coming.  It’s hard to work or do your day-to-day activities because the baby is pushing on your pelvic floor so much you have this sense that you are waddling more than walking. You have contractions now and again and the increased discharge makes you wonder if your water broke. And more so for first time moms, there is an overwhelming anxiety about the labor process, being a new parent, and knowing when to come to the hospital… am I right?!?

Updates in HPV Vaccination and You

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting 79 million Americans. Most sexually active persons (80%, to be exact) will, at some point, be exposed to HPV.  You may already know that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a sexually transmitted virus that often does not have any symptoms. The good news is that in the majority of cases, HPV goes away on its own without any intervention; however, the trouble is that when HPV does not resolve, it can cause certain health problems like genital warts, abnormal pap smears, and — if left untreated for years— certain types of cancers.  “How can I prevent HPV-related health problems?” you may ask… Read on for the 411!

Supporting Breastfeeding Moms

World Breastfeeding Month is celebrated every August. This month provides an opportunity to engage the community in supporting breastfeeding families. The 2019 theme is “Support Changes Everything.” Studies clearly indicate moms who feel supported will breastfeed longer and report a more positive experience with nursing overall. How can you support a breastfeeding mom?

Healthy Ways to Combat Mom Guilt

Often times, throughout my postpartum period I questioned if I was a good mom or if I was making the right decisions for my children.  Many of the decisions we make as mothers are based on maternal instinct or a gut feeling ….or maybe due to good ol’ fashion hormones.  So when trying to figure out why we, as women, often blame ourselves for the uncontrollable or inevitable during our childbearing and childrearing years… it’s simple.  It’s because we’re moms.

To Perimenopause and Beyond!

“Can we check my hormone levels to see if I am menopausal?” Is a relatively common question asked of me during routine annual exams.  Because age-related hormonal shifts are normal, and symptoms present differently for different women, the answer is not always straightforward. For example, one woman might have fairly regular menstrual cycles with gradually lighter monthly periods until she no longer has them, while another might be affected by erratic, unpredictable, and heavy cycles until they subside. As with menstrual differences, vasomotor symptoms (think: hot flashes and night sweats) can vary widely as well. With a broadly ranging slew of information available on the internet these days, it can be difficult to determine what is “normal.” Here, I’ll discuss what’s normal, what’s not, and what might help ease this transition.

Skin Care Down There: Tips for Surviving the Summer

It’s the end of May in central North Carolina, which means it’s unofficially, officially summer. Summer in the south brings out all sorts of skin issues due to the hot and humid climate, accompanied by excess moisture and, well, certain discomforts that can occur “down there.” But don’t fret; we’re here to provide some helpful tips on how to prevent bikini line snafus, vaginal discomfort, and other summer skin conundrums in 2019!

Skin Care Down There: Tips for Surviving the Summer

It’s the end of May in central North Carolina, which means it’s unofficially, officially summer. Summer in the south brings out all sorts of skin issues due to the hot and humid climate, accompanied by excess moisture and, well, certain discomforts that can occur “down there.” But don’t fret; we’re here to provide some helpful tips on how to prevent bikini line snafus, vaginal discomfort, and other summer skin conundrums in 2019!

Top Baby Names 2018 and Dr. Smith's Rules for Naming your Baby

It’s that time of year again!  NHL and NBA playoffs? Yes, but no.  Powerwash the deck now that pollen season is over?  Maybe, but nope.  Drumroll please…… it’s time to announce the top 10 baby names for 2018!  Every May the Social Security Administration releases last years top baby names.  It’s really kind of a cool web page with lots of information.  You can see the national “winners” or search by state.  You can even look up the popularity of a name by birth year dating back to 1880.

What to Expect During Your IUD Insertion: A First Hand Account

So you’ve decided on an intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception- Congratulations! But… now what?  You’ve probably heard stories from friends, family members, or coworkers about their various experiences that have you wondering whether or not you made the right choice. As with most big decisions, especially when it comes to our health care, it can be totally normal to have some second thoughts or worries about what to expect. Like most people, you’ve probably even found yourself turning to “Dr. Google” for some answers, which may, or [more likely] may not, be helping the situation. 

Second Trimester Emergency? When to Call

You made it! The second trimester is usually the best.  For most women, the nausea eventually subsides, your energy level returns (a little at least), and you are not yet so big as to inhibit most of your normal day to day activities. In addition, that first trimester miscarriage anxiety is decreasing a little because you know your risk of pregnancy loss is now 1% or less. For most of you, visits with Kamm Mckenzie are usually only monthly. Excitement builds as you look forward to your anatomy sonogram.  At some point you will start to feel the baby move. Then, most of you get to close out your 2nd trimester and begin your third with the wonderful, sweet, mouth puckering, orange or lemon lime flavored gestational diabetes beverage...yummy! If you read my last blog, I dove into what warrants an emergency call during the first trimester, and what can wait until the office is open again. I am going to try to address some of the more common second trimester emergencies and comment on things that ...

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