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Preventing Infections During Pregnancy

For nearly forty years, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has recognized the importance of reducing prenatal infections in the US. They first focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV, but their efforts have expanded to other harmful infections during pregnancy. 

Prenatal Infections to Be Aware Of

Our goal at Raleigh OB/GYN Centre is to take care of our prenatal patients like our own family. When you choose to partner with us for your obstetrical care, you will be in wonderful hands at every step of your journey. Some of these infections during pregnancy are rare in the US but can be dangerous and have serious effects on both mother and baby.


Listeriosis is one of the rare but potentially serious infections during pregnancy caused by bacteria called Listeria. Listeria is spread through contaminated food. The symptoms of listeriosis are similar to the flu and may include fever, muscle aches, and unusual fatigue. However, listeria infections in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, and even stillbirth. The infection can be passed on to the baby, which can be life-threatening.

The following foods have been linked to listeriosis and should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Unpasteurized/raw milk and dairy products (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc)
  • Undercooked meat
  • Luncheon meats and deli meat
  • Any type of sprouts that are raw or not completely cooked
  • Cut melon that has been left at room temperature for more than 4 hours

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to get listeriosis. Other groups at elevated risk include newborns, people with weakened immune systems, and older adults.

Zika Virus

Zika virus is primarily spread by infected mosquitoes, but you can become infected by having unprotected sex with someone who already has the virus. Zika infection during pregnancy may cause serious birth defects like microcephaly and brain defects. To prevent Zika infections during pregnancy, you exercise caution when traveling to areas with a high incidence of Zika infection. The CDC has a Zika Travel Recommendation Map for individuals to consult. Women who are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant should avoid regions where the virus is prevalent. Other ways to protect yourself against Zika if you might be at risk include following recommendations on preventing mosquito bites and using a condom to prevent sexual transmission.

Group B Streptococcus

Group B strep (GBS) is a common bacteria that approximately 1 in 4 women carry. Most women do not feel sick when they carry these bacteria. GBS can be passed to a baby during childbirth, which can be life-threatening to newborns and infants. Complications can include fever, meningitis, breathing difficulties, pneumonia, and blood infection (sepsis). However, GBS infection in babies can be prevented. Doctors recommend getting tested for GBS near the end of pregnancy. If the test is positive for a group B strep infection, the mother will be given antibiotics during childbirth to protect the baby.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Like GBS, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the more common infections during pregnancy that many people have. According to the CDC, more than half of adults have had a CMV infection by the time they reach 40. Most people do not know they have it. Pregnant women can pass CMV to their babies. Babies with congenital CMV infections are often healthy and show no signs of infection. However, some babies will have long-term health problems like hearing loss, vision loss, developmental delays, and seizures.

Since CMV spreads through bodily fluids, women can reduce their risks by avoiding contact with the urine and saliva of babies and young children (who are more likely to spread CMV than older kids and adults). Food or utensils shouldn’t be shared with babies and young children, and good hand hygiene should be practiced, especially after changing diapers.

General Tips for Preventing Infections During Pregnancy

Along with following specific guidelines for the above prenatal infections, there are some other things you can do to prevent infections during pregnancy, including

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Avoid people with infections
  • Get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Ask your doctor about getting vaccinated
  • Only take vitamins and supplements approved by your doctor.
  • Do not touch dirty cat litter.
  • Avoid contact with rodents, lizards, and turtles. This includes both wild animals and those kept as pets.

Raleigh OB/GYN Centre has been serving the women of the Raleigh, NC, area for more than 40 years. Our team of healthcare providers offers personalized and comprehensive care for women in all stages of life, including during pregnancy. If you have concerns or questions about having a safe and healthy pregnancy, or for more questions about infections during pregnancy, call our office at (919) 876-8225 to make an appointment.

Pre-Pregnancy Considerations

5 Pre-Pregnancy Considerations

When it comes to women’s health, preparing for pregnancy is as important as the lifestyle and dietary changes you make during pregnancy. We strongly believe that if you prepare yourself both physically and financially before conceiving a child, you will be able to give birth to a happy, healthy baby. Pre-pregnancy considerations take into account a number of steps you can take to ensure that when you’re ready to get pregnant, everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Pre-Pregnancy Considerations

Ready to welcome a new little miracle into the world? Planning for pregnancy is an important step in your journey to motherhood. We’ve outlined some of the key steps you can take before becoming pregnant to help ensure that you are as ready as possible for all the changes that are about to take place in your life. Continue reading to learn more about pre-pregnancy considerations.

1. Limit Your Intake Of Alcohol And Caffeine

One of the best things you can do for your body when planning for pregnancy is to limit your intake of caffeine and stop your consumption of alcohol altogether. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during your pregnancy or when you are trying to get pregnant. Additionally, experts recommend limiting your caffeine intake while trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy.

2. Find Your Healthiest Weight

Another one of our key pre-pregnancy considerations is to find and maintain your healthiest weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people who are overweight or obese have a higher risk for complications during pregnancy, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Additionally, having a high BMI can interrupt regular ovulation, sometimes leading to difficulty falling pregnant. To assess your weight, visit your healthcare provider, or check out this resource.

3. Hit The Hay

Sleep is incredibly important for anyone, but especially for those getting ready to host a baby for the next nine months. Sleep affects fertility and hormone production, and a lack of it can result in producing less of certain hormones and too much of others. The same part of the brain that is responsible for regulating sleep-wake hormones like melatonin and cortisol also regulates reproductive hormones. Sleep deprivation will signal the body to produce more stress hormones, which is bad for overall health and can throw off levels of estrogen, testosterone, and other reproductive hormones. For more on how lack of sleep can affect your fertility, reference one of our earlier blogs: Can Lack Of Sleep Affect Your Fertility?

4. Get Moving

Exercising is one of the best pre-pregnancy considerations, as it not only can help balance hormones, improve insulin, and ward off levels of stress but can also help you get a better night’s rest. Some of the best ways to get moving before trying to conceive are running or walking, resistance training, yoga, pilates, pelvic floor exercises, and more. 

5. Visit Your OB/GYN

Visiting your OB/GYN for a preconception appointment is an important step for pre-pregnancy considerations. At this appointment, your doctor will review your medical history, medications and vaccinations, lifestyle behaviors, and complete a physical exam. If you are at risk of a medical condition that can make pregnancy dangerous or difficult, such as diabetes, heart disease, or certain birth defects/disorders, then your doctor may recommend additional tests or treatment in preparation for pregnancy.


Pre-pregnancy considerations have the ability to set you up for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Here at Raleigh OB/GYN, we are dedicated to helping you understand every step of your unique pregnancy journey— from making a plan to execution. If you have questions about pre-pregnancy considerations, set up an appointment to talk to your doctor. You can schedule an appointment through our website or give us a call at (919) 876-8225.

Normal During Pregnancy

What’s Normal During Pregnancy And What’s Not?

Pregnancy comes with a lot of unknowns. How one woman’s body reacts is an entirely unique experience. Some pregnant women face a whole host of symptoms, while some go unscathed. No matter how your pregnancy journey goes, knowing what is normal during pregnancy and what is not can keep you feeling confident about the adventure to come. 

Conditions Of Normal And Abnormal Pregnancy

Raleigh OB/GYN believes pregnancy is one of your life’s most beautiful and exciting times. A basic understanding of what’s normal during pregnancy and knowing what may indicate a problem can help you keep your baby safe throughout the nine months.

Normal Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy can bring on several physical and emotional changes but vary from woman to woman. It is essential to understand some of the changes you might experience throughout your pregnancy.

  • Swelling, Aches, And Pains

When you’re pregnant, your body tends to hold more water than usual. This water retention can lead to swelling. Often, the extra water congregates in the lower parts of your body, such as your feet, ankles, and fingers. Additionally, the weight of your growing baby can also affect blood flow to your legs, leading to swelling. Many women also experience aches and pains while pregnant, another symptom that is common during pregnancy. 

  • Gastrointestinal Issues

Gastrointestinal issues are common during pregnancy. Your growing baby creates less room for GI functions, and your hormones are all out of whack. Common GI issues during pregnancy include nausea, vomiting, constipation, heartburn, and diarrhea. If any of your symptoms become severe or unmanageable, talk to your doctor. 

  • Skin Discoloration

At first glance, skin discoloration during your pregnancy may be alarming. However, developing dark, irregular patches, also known as chloasma, is normal during pregnancy. Women may experience this pigmentation disorder due to darker skin complexion, hormonal changes, or the use of oral contraceptives.

Abnormal Pregnancy Symptoms

During pregnancy, it is not uncommon to have some uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms. However, some symptoms may indicate a serious problem. Education on certain symptoms that can lead to an abnormal pregnancy is of the utmost importance. 

  • Vaginal Bleeding

In the early stages of your pregnancy, experiencing light bleeding, called “spotting,” is harmless. The NHS suggests this happens when the developing embryo plants itself in the wall of the womb. However, heavy bleeding in later trimesters is not normal during pregnancy. Causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy include growth on the cervix, problems with the placenta, or may indicate preterm labor. If you experience bleeding later in your pregnancy, contact your OB/GYN immediately.   

  • High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure during pregnancy is called gestational hypertension or, in serious cases, preeclampsia. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest severe and uncontrolled high blood pressure during pregnancy can cause serious complications for you and your fetus. Because high blood pressure during pregnancy does not often cause any symptoms, your OB/GYN should check your blood pressure during every prenatal appointment. 

  • Preterm Labor Symptoms

Preterm labor is when a pregnant woman experiences regular contractions that result in the opening of the cervix after 20 weeks of pregnancy and before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Signs and symptoms of preterm labor include

  • Sensations of abdominal tightening (contractions)
  • Dull pain in the lower back
  • Pelvic or lower abdomen pressure
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Preterm rupture of membranes
  • A change in vaginal discharge

Preterm labor can result in premature birth, which often leads to your baby needing special attention in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If you are experiencing any symptoms of preterm labor, it is important to contact your doctor or OB/GYN immediately. 

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time; however, you need to know what is normal during pregnancy and what are serious symptoms. Possessing this knowledge can help you have a happy, healthy, and full-term pregnancy. At Raleigh OB/GYN Centre, we offer a full range of obstetrical care from preconception to delivery. For more information about what is normal during pregnancy and what is not, schedule an appointment with our team of dedicated providers.

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7 Health Screenings Every Woman Should Get

Throughout a woman’s life, there are many health concerns she should keep in mind. Often, these concerns change with age. One of the best practices in maintaining good health is getting recommended health screenings to detect any illness early so it can be treated more easily. 

Health Screenings For Women

Well-woman care is recommended to all women, no matter their age. Here at Raleigh OB/GYN, we understand the importance of health screenings, as they help to improve your overall health by preventing diseases and other complications. Continue reading to get an overview of some of the important screenings every woman should get throughout her life, when she should get them, and how often.


Women should get their cholesterol tested regularly starting at age 20 if they are at increased risk of heart disease due to family history or other illnesses that might be linked to heart disease or high cholesterol. Because it varies on individual health, your doctor can talk to you about how often you should be tested.

Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure is probably taken at the beginning of most doctor’s appointments. But if not, it should be tested regularly. You can get tested every two years if you have normal blood pressure lower than 120/80. If you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89, then a test once a year is necessary. If your blood pressure is any higher than that, you should discuss a treatment plan with your doctor. 

Breast Cancer

Doctors recommend women of all ages do monthly self-exams to detect any lumps or changes in breast tissue. Beginning at age 40, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends health screenings such as annual mammograms.

Cervical Cancer

All women should get regular health screenings for cervical cancer. Pap smears, or Pap tests, are performed by collecting cells from the cervix with a swab and then screening them for abnormalities. HPV tests can also be a part of a cervical cancer screening, as HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer.

Many gynecologists include a Pap smear in an annual well-woman exam, but not all of them do. If it’s not part of your annual checkup, the general recommendation is as follows:

  • Women 21 and over should get a Pap test at least every three years.
  • Women 30 – 64 can get an HPV test and a Pap smear together every five years.
  • Women 65 and older should talk to their doctor about when and if they need to get a Pap test.

Colorectal Cancer

From ages 50-75, a woman should get health screenings for colorectal cancer once every 5-10 years. This range changes if you are at greater risk for colorectal cancer due to family history, a hereditary condition, inflammatory bowel disease, or if polyps have been found in prior screenings. Then the frequency could be every 1-5 years.

There are several types of colorectal screenings, and your doctor will discuss with you the best option for you. These screening methods can include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • CT colonography
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Barium enemas
  • Stool tests


Type 2 diabetes affects almost 10% of the U.S. population, with even more Americans considered prediabetic. How often and when you should get tested for diabetes varies on your overall health, family history, and whether you have other conditions that are linked to the disease. 

It is recommended for most people to get tested for diabetes once every three years after age 45. If you have high blood pressure, especially if you take hypertension medication, you should get screened for diabetes earlier and more often than people without hypertension. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for sexually transmitted infections. Even if you are generally knowledgeable about STIs, you might not know when or how often to get tested for STIs. The CDC provides excellent information on many sexually transmitted diseases, including the symptoms, risks, and guidelines for health screenings and treatment.

If you are sexually active, it is important to know the symptoms of STIs and when you should get tested, even if you use protection. STIs can affect not only your sexual health but other body systems. Left untreated, they can be serious. However, with appropriate screening, many STIs are treatable, if not curable. The most common STIs include

  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus)
  • Chlamydia
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

At Raleigh OB/GYN, we are committed to providing care for all stages of a woman’s life. This includes necessary health screenings to monitor well-being and prevent illnesses. If you have questions about what kind of health screenings you should get and when, contact us at 919-876-8225 or request an appointment online.


The Ins And Outs Of A Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose or treat problems of the uterus. This procedure may be done for various reasons, including preventative and diagnostic care. At Raleigh OB/GYN Centre, hysteroscopies are performed in-office by our physicians. The procedure is scheduled for a day when you are not having your menstrual period. 

What Is A Hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose or treat problems in the uterus using an instrument called a hysteroscope, which is a thin, lighted tube that acts as a telescope. It is inserted through the vagina into the uterus. The scope transmits images from inside the body to a screen. Other instruments may be used along with the hysteroscope, depending on why the procedure is being performed. 

Why Is A Hysteroscopy Done?

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the most common reason for a hysteroscopy is to diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. Abnormal uterine bleeding includes unusually heavy periods, prolonged menstrual periods, or bleeding between periods. Other reasons a hysteroscopy may be performed include 

  • Removing non-cancerous fibroids or polyps
  • Diagnosing the cause of repeated miscarriage
  • Helping to discover the underlying cause of fertility problems
  • Removing adhesions that are the result of an infection or previous surgery
  • Finding the location of an intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Postmenopausal women experiencing unexplained bleeding 

Some possible complications of hysteroscopy include infection, bleeding, pelvic inflammatory disease, or complications from fluid or gas used to expand the uterus.

How Do You Prepare For A Hysteroscopy?

At Raleigh OB/GYN, hysteroscopies are performed in-office by one of our physicians on a day you are not having your menstrual period. Before your procedure, you should take a shower and refrain from using any lotions, perfumes, or deodorants. Depending on your specific needs, your provider may give you medication to help you relax and open your cervix. 

What Happens During A Hysteroscopy?

Before the hysteroscope is inserted, the vagina and cervix are cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Once this is complete, the hysteroscope is passed into your womb, and fluid is gently pumped inside to make it easier for your doctor to see. To do this, an instrument called a speculum may be inserted into your vagina to hold it open. Images are sent to a monitor so your provider can spot any abnormalities. This procedure generally takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes but can take longer or shorter depending on the diagnosis and symptoms.

How Do You Recover From Hysteroscopy?

In most cases, you can go home the same day you have the procedure. Those who were administered general anesthesia will need to wait until it has worn off or have someone take them home. Some women may experience slight discomfort, cramping, or blood discharge post-procedure— this is considered normal. However, should you experience a fever, severe abdominal pain, or heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge, consult your doctor right away. Refrain from having sexual intercourse for roughly seven days to decrease the risk of infection. Unless directed otherwise by your healthcare provider, you can return to your normal activities the next day. 


Procedures like hysteroscopies are performed to inspect the uterine cavity in order to diagnose and treat a number of different conditions, such as abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroids, adhesions, and septums. The physicians, nurses, and medical staff at Raleigh OB/GYN offer a comprehensive list of gynecological and obstetric services to the women of the Raleigh, NC area. If you have questions or concerns about a health issue that can be diagnosed or treated with a hysteroscopy, call our office at (919) 876-8225 to make an appointment.


5 Signs You Should Speak To Your OB/GYN About Infertility

Infertility is a complex and private subject that often goes undiscussed, yet it affects millions of people yearly. The first step when you’re struggling with conceiving is to consult your OB/GYN. Your gynecologist is equipped to perform a fertility evaluation and make further recommendations. Some common reasons for infertility include age, your partner’s fertility, sexually transmitted diseases, being underweight or overweight, and other lifestyle factors. 

When To Speak To Your OB/GYN About Infertility

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, irregular or abnormal ovulation accounts for approximately 25 percent of all female infertility problems. Here at Raleigh OB/GYN, we know infertility is a complicated topic and can be easily misconstrued — luckily, we are here to help you through this journey.

1. Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a disease in which the presence of tissue resembling the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. Signs of endometriosis include painful periods, abnormal bleeding, pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements, changes in urination, and infertility. An estimated 40% of women with infertility have endometriosis. Seeking treatment for infertility is often how many women are first diagnosed with endometriosis. If you have any of the symptoms above or are diagnosed with endometriosis and trying to conceive, it is recommended that you set up an appointment with your OB/GYN.

2. Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Irregular periods do not directly cause infertility, however, the lack of these cycles can make it difficult to fall pregnant. Irregular or abnormal ovulation accounts for 30% to 40% of all infertility cases. This condition is known as anovulation and includes irregular periods, abnormal bleeding, or no period at all. Any signs or symptoms of irregular menstrual cycles warrant a visit to your OB/GYN.

3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually transmitted diseases have been associated with directly or indirectly causing infertility in both men and women. Specifically, chlamydia and gonorrhea can affect fertility as they can turn into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. STDs often present with no symptoms and, when left untreated, can result in more damage. Getting regular STD screening through your OB/GYN can help prevent complications, including infertility.

4. Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are growths in the uterus made of uterine muscles. Fibroids can cause infertility due to a blockage of the uterus and fallopian tubes. Symptoms of uterine fibroids include 

  • Pelvic pressure or pain
  • Constipation
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Menstrual periods lasting more than seven days
  • Frequent urination

Fibroids have been linked to infertility and pregnancy complications such as placental abruption, preterm delivery, and growth restriction. Luckily, a procedure known as a myomectomy can be performed to remove fibroids while preserving the uterus. 

5. Failure To Achieve Pregnancy After 12 Months Of Unprotected Sex 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the medical definition of infertility is the inability to get pregnant after one year or longer of unprotected sex. If you are having trouble conceiving, the first step is to visit your OB/GYN. From there, your provider will go through your medical history, vaccinations, dietary guidance, lifestyle and behaviors, and exam health screenings. 


At Raleigh OB/GYN, we believe that patient education is an invaluable tool. For that reason, our doctors and staff provide patients with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their health and body, along with screenings and tests that can help detect underlying causes of infertility. We want to ensure you understand everything about your fertility journey and how having a healthy cycle impacts your overall well-being. If you have been struggling with infertility, set up an appointment to talk to your doctor. You can schedule an appointment through our website or give us a call at (919) 876-8225.

Thyroid Diseases

4 Common Thyroid Diseases: Causes And Treatments

January marks Thyroid Awareness Month, which calls attention to medical conditions that keep your thyroid from producing the appropriate amount of hormones. The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system, which is responsible for skin integrity, menstrual cycles, calcium levels, cholesterol levels, the nervous system, and more. According to the American Thyroid Association, roughly 60% of those with thyroid diseases are unaware they suffer from any condition at all. 

January Is Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland, is responsible for keeping the heart, brain, muscles, and organs working properly. To raise awareness for conditions of the thyroid during this month, Raleigh OB/GYN has outlined 4 common thyroid diseases, their causes, and treatments. 


The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland in your neck that makes two hormones that are secreted into the bloodstream— thyroxine and triiodothyronine. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid produces too much hormone thyroxine. When this occurs, many of the body’s functions speed up. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Weight loss with or without increased appetite
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Extreme fatigue or trouble sleeping
  • Shaky hands and muscle weakness
  • Trouble tolerating warmer temperatures
  • Frequent bowel movements

Thyroid diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, are diagnosed using blood tests and imaging tests. When the diagnosis is confirmed, hyperthyroidism is usually treated using medication, radioiodine therapy, or thyroid surgery.   


On the opposite end of hyperthyroidism is hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones, and your body’s functions slow down. NIH suggests roughly 5 out of 100 Americans ages 12 years or older have hypothyroidism. Common symptoms of this thyroid disorder include:

  • Weight gain without surplus caloric intake
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Trouble tolerating cooler temperatures
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression

Hypothyroidism tends to develop slowly, and some symptoms may not be noticeable for months or years. Similarly to hyperthyroidism, blood tests or imaging tests will be used to confirm the diagnosis. Thyroid diseases such as hypothyroidism are treated by taking medication that is identical to the hormone normally produced by the thyroid gland.


Thyroiditis is the medical term for “inflammation of the thyroid gland” and encompasses a group of individual disorders that cause thyroid inflammation. These thyroid diseases are caused by an attack on the thyroid, which directly causes inflammation and damage to the cells. According to, there are no symptoms unique to thyroiditis, but typical symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, dry skin, depression, and difficulty exercising. 

Because thyroiditis represents a group of conditions, treatment can vary. Some treatment options may include beta-blockers, thyroid hormone replacement medication, antibiotics, or surgical treatment. 

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is when the cells of the thyroid gland begin to grow out of control. The early stages of thyroid cancer don’t often present symptoms. Yet as it grows, you may notice neck or throat pain, a lump in your neck, difficulty swallowing, vocal changes, or a cough. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, roughly 12,000 men and 33,000 women get thyroid cancer. Luckily, there are treatment options, including surgery, radioactive iodine therapy, thyroid hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy. 


With the thyroid performing some of the most essential functions for the body, it can affect nearly every aspect of your overall health. From your mood to digestion and energy, your thyroid does it all. If you need more information about common thyroid diseases, or if you’re suffering from symptoms similar to any of the listed above, consult a provider at Raleigh OB/GYN. The physicians, nurses, and medical staff at our practice offer a comprehensive list of gynecological and obstetric services. Visit our website to make an appointment, or call us at (919) 876-8225.

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5 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions For Moms

Being a mom is a challenging, full-time job. As 2022 comes to an end, you may look to 2023 to make some positive changes in your life. However, this doesn’t mean saying yes to every new wellness trend as it comes along. Being healthy and happy are two wonderful characteristics to portray for your children. The goal of these new year’s resolutions for moms is to help you establish realistic habits with measurable results so you can maintain them for years to come. 

Achievable New Year’s Resolutions For Moms

Every new year is an excellent opportunity to assess your lifestyle behaviors and make adjustments to refresh and reset. If you want to make positive changes in 2023, Raleigh OB/GYN has compiled a list of simple and achievable new year’s resolutions for moms.

1. Limit Screen Time Around Kids

Screens have become an integral part of today’s generation. Technology is used to distract and occupy children where time outside and face-to-face communication have been placed on the back burner. Children are sponges and, in most instances, mirror their parent’s behaviors. This said, if you’re spending hours upon hours in front of screens, it increases the likelihood of your child wanting to engage in similar behaviors. A great new year’s resolution for moms is to limit screen time— as it will make for a happy, healthier, and more social mom and child!

2. Opt For One Family Meal A Week

We get it— between school, homework, sports, and other extracurricular activities, getting the whole family to sit down to have dinner can be challenging. A great new year’s resolution for 2023 is to opt into at least one family meal a week. According to, family meals can improve parent-child relationships and give kids a sense of connectedness and stability. Not only do family meals boost development, but it’s also a great way to ensure your child is eating healthy and nutritious meals!

3. Prioritize Exercise

You may be tired of hearing how good exercise is for your overall well-being. However, as overstated as it is, there is truth behind the talk! The CDC suggests that regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your physical and mental health. A great new year’s resolution in 2023 is to try and engage in some sort of physical exercise for at least 150 minutes per week.

4. Quit The Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk can directly impact your mental well-being. A great new year’s resolution in 2023 is to change the way we talk to ourselves. Some ways to quit negative self-talk include:

  • Catch yourself when the negative thoughts creep in
  • Address negativity and turn it into neutrality 
  • Repeat positive affirmations
  • Don’t say anything to yourself you wouldn’t say to someone else

By doing these few small steps, you can begin to heal your relationship with your inner self and learn to treat yourself with kindness and compassion. 

5. Enjoy The Little Things

Sometimes it can be easy to get swept up in all the to-dos and daily hassles. Don’t forget your child won’t stay young forever. Remember to celebrate the milestones, and make time to slow down and enjoy these early years. 

2023 is the year to set achievable new year’s resolutions that will help you be the best version of yourself. When you prioritize yourself and your needs, you are able to give more to your family.  The physicians, nurses, and medical staff at our practice offer a comprehensive list of gynecological and obstetric services to help you better understand your health and well-being as a woman. For more information, give us a call at 919-876-8225 or request an appointment.

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A 2023 Gift Guide For New Moms

Finding the perfect gift for new moms can challenge even the most seasoned shopper. At first glance, it may seem like all of her needs have been met with the baby shower gifts that were given to her or that she already has everything she needs to be successful as a mother. When in doubt, focus on finding something to help ease some of the burdens of being a new mom. This gift guide for new moms will help you pick something to make life easier for mommy, baby, and everyone else around them.

Gift Guide For New Moms

Being a new mom can be one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Raleigh OB/GYN understands that getting a gift she’ll actually use in this season of life is more important than ever. Are you struggling to find the perfect holiday offering? Look no further— we’ve put together a 2023 gift guide for new moms.

1. Mama Must-Haves Kit—Hatch

This Mama Must-Haves Kit from Hatch combines three of their best-selling essentials for new moms or moms-to-be. This gift set gives her foundational pieces, including belly oil, nipple and lip balm, and soothing leg and foot rub relief. An added benefit, HATCH Mama Beauty Products are made with all-natural ingredients!  

2. Care for Birth Box— Bodily Care

A new mom has many challenges ahead of her, and being able to ease her burden in some way should be your first priority when purchasing gifts. What better way to help ease those burdens than a complete care package for new mamas? This kit includes birth recovery, postpartum, and breastfeeding essentials. This award-winning kit contains 11 research-backed products including, but not limited to, nipple gel pads, cozy socks, peri wash bottle, mesh undies, giant maxi pads, guidebooks, and more. 

3.  Multifunction Baby Bag—Dikaslon

Looking for a useful gift that won’t break the bank? This multifunction baby bag will do the trick. Not only is this diaper tote spacious and sturdy, but it has the ability to be carried messenger style and easily converts from a shoulder bag to a cross-body bag for grab-and-go convenience. This bag comes in black, dark gray, and gray, all with 3 insulated pouches, 5 easy-access pockets inside for bottles, diapers, or wipes, and two sides pocket with magnetic closures.

4.  Baby Wrap Carrier—Pottery Barn

Baby wraps have a plethora of benefits for new moms and babies! Not only are they great for moms on the go, but they also help to soothe your baby by making skin-to-skin contact easier. This baby wrap carrier by Pottery Barn is easy to wrap on, and its breathable and lightweight construction is designed to keep your little one comfy and cozy.

5. Instant Photo Printer—HP Sprocket

It’s not a secret that babies grow fast. New moms often want to document most, if not every, milestone from their bundle of joy. This instant photo printer is a great gift for those who want to capture all the memories! This portable photo printer is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.  

6. RoboVac—Eufy by Anker

Let’s face it, no one wants to spend their free time vacuuming— especially new moms. Not only is it time-consuming and tedious, but loud enough to irritate or wake up your sleeping baby! This RoboVac is quiet, self-charging, and cleans hard floors to medium-pile carpets.

Now that you have some great gift ideas for new moms, it’s time to start your holiday shopping! Raleigh OB/GYN has over 45 years of experience serving the women in our communities and is here to help. If you have questions about family planning or any obstetrical and gynecological care, set up an appointment to talk to your doctor. You can schedule an appointment through our website or give us a call at (919) 876-8225.

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Planning For Pregnancy: Your Preconception Checklist

Are you ready to bring your own little miracle into the world? Many women believe that modifying their lifestyle only begins once they fall pregnant. Even though there is some truth behind this, there are a number of steps you can take before trying to conceive that can help better prepare you for the lifestyle, financial, and bodily changes you are about to undergo. Planning for pregnancy can be equally important as the steps you take to promote a healthy lifestyle during your pregnancy.  

Your Preconception Checklist

Planning for pregnancy means spending time making healthy lifestyle changes that can have a lifetime of impact on you, your baby, and your family. Raleigh OB/GYN has outlined a few boxes to tick off before trying to conceive. 

Schedule A Checkup

One of the most critical steps to take when planning for pregnancy is to schedule a preconception appointment with your OB/GYN. During this appointment, your doctor may review your health history, pre-existing medical conditions, current lifestyle behaviors, medications/ vaccinations, and perform a physical exam. Usually, the physical exams include a pelvis exam or pap smear.  

Alter Lifestyle Choices

When planning for pregnancy, it is crucial to consider your lifestyle choices, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, nutrition, and body weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people who are overweight or obese have a higher risk for complications during pregnancy, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Additionally, smoking and drinking alcohol can also cause complications, including premature birth, congenital disabilities, and stillbirth. In planning for pregnancy, ensure you reach and maintain a healthy weight, avoid toxic substances, and eat a nutritious diet. 

Make A Budget

It is important to keep in mind that you will need to have several doctor visits throughout your pregnancy. This may leave you wondering, how much will this cost? A great way to ease the angst and get a better idea of the number going into pregnancy is to make a budget. We suggest calling your insurance company to find out what they will cover, such as OB/GYN appointments, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins, prenatal screenings, genetic testing, and labor and delivery. Other pregnancy costs include, but are not limited to, maternity clothing, medications, nursery costs, baby clothes, stroller, car seat, etc.  

Start Prenatal Supplements 

Prenatal supplements contain essential vitamins for both mom and baby. The American College for Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests the most important vitamins and minerals during pregnancy include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Choline
  • Vitamin A, C, D, B6, and B12
  • Folic acid

Eating well and ensuring you are getting an adequate dose of the nutrients listed above is one of the best things you can do while planning for pregnancy and during your pregnancy.  

Learn Family History

Your family health history is vital to your child’s health. History that includes birth defects, developmental disabilities, or other genetic conditions is all crucial to know and relay to your doctor while planning for pregnancy. Depending on your family history, your doctor may suggest genetic testing or counseling to maximize your chances of a healthy and successful pregnancy and baby. Learning about your and your partner’s health history before getting pregnant is a highly recommended precautionary measure.


Here at Raleigh OB/GYN, we understand the importance of planning for pregnancy— and we’re here to guide you the whole way! From making a plan to execution, we are dedicated to helping you understand every step of your unique pregnancy journey. If you have questions about preconception health, set up an appointment to talk to your doctor. You can schedule an appointment through our website or give us a call at (919) 876-8225.