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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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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First Trimester Emergency? When to Call

Early pregnancy is a particularly anxiety provoking time in one’s life.  For one, your life changes with the positive pregnancy test. You start imagining life with this child. You mentally decorate the nursery and fill the closet with the cutest baby clothes.  You budget schools and weddings etc. All this just based on a urine pregnancy test! We all do it (and we all take at least 3 pregnancy tests… admit it!!). Early pregnancy is also nerve-racking because for many families this was not an easy point to get to (at least 15% of women have some fertility difficulty), or you have had a miscarriage (or several) in the past.  And lastly, there is the lack of control that we all have over what goes on in early pregnancy. These pregnancies advance or they don’t for a variety of reasons outside of any person’s control… and in today’s society, we all want immediate gratifying control of everything. Read Dr. Bernstein's advice on when to call the emergency room and when to wait.

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What's Up With the Cup?

A patient asked me last week if it is ok if she uses a Diva Cup (a brand of menstrual cup).  I confidently said, “Sure, as long as it is working for you.” After the appointment I decided I better educate myself more, as while still not used with popular frequency, we are getting more and more questions in the office about menstrual cup use.  So who better to tell you all about them than someone who has never used one and never will have a need to?!?!  But like many topics in our blog series, I will do my best to research and describe some basics, pros, and cons of menstrual cups.

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Ooh La La! L'Amour: Heart Healthy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and February is heart health awareness month.  I figured I would use this opportunity to share some interesting facts about heart health as it pertains to some Valentine’s day favorites; namely, wine, dark chocolate and the French.

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Do's and Don'ts of Winter Skin Care in Pregnancy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, January is a time many turn their focus to self-care. Exercise, mindfulness, and healthier diets are often part of the New Year’s intentions.  A skin care routine while you're pregnant can, too, be an important part of your self-care ritual. Here, we’ll run through some do’s and don’ts of winter skin care in pregnancy.

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Vaginal Seeding: Fact or Fiction?

Every once in a while at the office we are asked by our pregnant patients if “vaginal seeding” is offered or not to our patients who have a C-section.  If this term is new to you, the American College of OBGYN (ACOG) Committee Opinion on vaginal seeding defines it as “the practice of inoculating cotton gauze or a cotton swab with vaginal fluids to transfer the vaginal flora to the mouth, nose, or skin of a newborn infant. The intended purpose of vaginal seeding is to transfer maternal vaginal bacteria to the newborn.”

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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.

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