Zika Virus: Part 2

Dr. B gave us a great overview of the Zika virus a few weeks ago – what it is, where it is, and how it affects pregnancy. As the virus has been studied further, we’d like to keep you in the know with the latest science.

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Alcohol in Pregnancy: Part 2 -- Breast Feeding

In my first blog post you heard about my favorite local breweries, and about the dangers to drinking any alcohol during pregnancy. But what about an occasional beer or glass of wine while breastfeeding, is that OK? Yes! Unlike during pregnancy, smaller amounts of alcohol are probably safe while breastfeeding.

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Alcohol in Pregnancy: Part 1

I don’t have the opportunity to talk much about my “beer hobby" in the office, since so many of our patients are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding. If I do mention that I’m a hophead, I’m often asked, “Can I have a few sips? How much alcohol is safe in pregnancy? Does beer really help the milk let down when breastfeeding?” 

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VBAC - A Closer Look

VBAC is an often desired delivery for patients who are seen at Kamm McKenzie.  In fact, we have many women who chose to come to us, or transfer their care to us mid pregnancy, because of our willingness to support a woman’s decision for VBAC and our success rates of vaginal birth.  I think it is important for all to know that we take VBAC seriously and want our patients to be educated on the risk and benefits of this.

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

There is a lot in the media about a new virus (new to me at least, so I presume new to most of you) called the Zika virus.  Let’s learn a little about this.

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance

October 15th is the national day of pregnancy and infant loss remembrance.  It is a day that allows us all to take a moment from our busy lives to recognize the loss of life during or after a pregnancy.  For those who have experienced these losses, I know you probably think about it on a daily basis.  I thought I would take a moment to express the pregnancy loss side of things from an obstetrical provider’s point of view.

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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?"

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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.  

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Genetic Screening With Cell-Free DNA: Breaking it Down to the Basics

For those of you who are currently pregnant or had a recent pregnancy, you may be somewhat familiar with the test called “Cell-Free DNA”.  This is a non invasive screening tool now being offered to our pregnant patients.  Let’s examine the most important aspects of this test together.

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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?

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