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Postpartum Depression: What You Need to Know

May is National Mental Health Month, so we thought it would be fitting to shed some light on postpartum depression (PPD)–a mood disorder an estimated 1 in 9 women experience after childbirth. In some areas of the country, the estimate may be as high as 20% of new moms. In recent years, discussions and research … Continue reading Postpartum Depression: What You Need to Know

Morning Sickness: What’s Normal and What’s Not

An estimated 70-80% of pregnant women experience some type of morning sickness during their pregnancy, however, around 2% will experience severe morning sickness–a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. The tricky thing is that what is considered “normal” morning sickness can be difficult to discern, particularly if it is your first pregnancy. Here are some indicators that … Continue reading Morning Sickness: What’s Normal and What’s Not

10 Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Call Your Doctor About

Pregnancy can bring on a wide range of symptoms from cravings and “the glow” to morning sickness and of course, weight gain. While most are merely uncomfortable, others may indicate a potential complication. It’s important to be aware of what pregnancy symptoms you should call your doctor about right away: 1.  Extreme fatigue or dizziness While … Continue reading 10 Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Call Your Doctor About

6 Options to Relieve Labor Pain

One of the common misconceptions about labor and delivery involves the various pain relief options that are available. In particular, many first-time moms might assume that the options include epidural or no epidural. But, there are various other medication and non-medication forms for pain management. Each woman has a different threshold for pain and reacts … Continue reading 6 Options to Relieve Labor Pain

8 Benefits of Birth Control Other Than Preventing Pregnancy

When you’d like to prevent pregnancy, birth control pills are one of the most popular methods with over 99% effectiveness. But, did you know that there are numerous other reasons to consider taking birth control beyond preventing pregnancy? Here are some of the additional benefits: Regulate menstrual cycle: That time of the month isn’t exactly … Continue reading 8 Benefits of Birth Control Other Than Preventing Pregnancy

What Age Should My Daughter See a Gynecologist?

Most parents are well-versed in preventative healthcare for their children. They follow the recommended schedule for well visits and immunization and schedule the sports physical so their child can play soccer. They know when it’s time for dental cleanings, and inevitably when it’s time to consult an orthodontist. But, when it comes to raising girls, … Continue reading What Age Should My Daughter See a Gynecologist?

Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Packing List

Preparing for the arrival of your baby is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming–especially if you are a first-time mom. Once you’re around 34 weeks pregnant, you should start preparing for your delivery date. Even if you have a scheduled C-section or induction date, there is still the possibility you could go into labor … Continue reading Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Packing List

Is Permanent Birth Control Right for You?

From pills to implants and everything in between, there are a wide variety of birth control options available. However, most methods are temporary – meaning you can start or discontinue use at any time. Permanent birth control may be the better solution for women who know they do not want to have children or are … Continue reading Is Permanent Birth Control Right for You?

6 Signs of Endometriosis You Need to Know

Each time we turn on the news or scroll through social media, it seems like another female celebrity is sharing her experience with endometriosis–a disease in which the lining of the uterus grows in other places in the body. From Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi to Susan Sarandon … Continue reading 6 Signs of Endometriosis You Need to Know

Differences Between a Midwife and OB/GYN

Raleigh OB/GYN Centre recently began offering midwifery services. This service is not commonplace among most OB/GYN practices, so we wanted to highlight the key differences between a midwife and an obstetrician. Education Perhaps the most notable difference, midwives and OB/GYNs complete different levels of medical training. An OB/GYN completes four years of medical school followed … Continue reading Differences Between a Midwife and OB/GYN