OBGYN Blog

Stages of Labor Explained

October 15, 2021

If you’re pregnant with your first baby, or if it’s been a while since your last pregnancy, learning about the stages of labor before your due date can help you know what to expect. First and foremost, it’s important to understand that every woman’s labor is different and it...

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Vaccination During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

September 30, 2021

If you’re planning to get pregnant (or pregnant already), you’re probably thinking a lot about how to protect the health of your future child. You may be wondering about vaccination during pregnancy. Vaccines protect you from certain illnesses, but they can also help protect your baby. A Basic Guide...

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A Guide to Exercise During Pregnancy

September 15, 2021

First and foremost, if you are expecting, congratulations! Whether this is your first pregnancy or you are a pro, the next 9 months are an exciting time. However, just because you are pregnant does not mean you should let your health slip. If you were exercising regularly prior to...

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Mastitis Symptoms Every Mom Needs to Know

August 15, 2021

Breastfeeding your baby can be a wonderful thing. It is not always an easy process, especially at the beginning. But when you and your baby both get the hang of things, nursing can be a good opportunity for mother and child to bond. And if you’re breastfeeding, you already...

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Preparing for Baby: 10 Things to Do Before You Give Birth

July 17, 2021

Whether you are expecting your first child or your fourth, giving birth can be a roller coaster of emotions. Having a new baby can be pure bliss, but it can also be equally exhausting and overwhelming. Particularly during the newborn phase, you may find once routine tasks difficult due...

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Foods to Eat & Avoid When Pregnant

June 16, 2021

Throughout your entire life, you hear about the importance of a healthy diet. And there’s a good reason, what we eat to fuel our bodies can have a huge impact on our health and wellness.  If you were actively trying to get pregnant, you were probably given advice to...

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15 Must-Ask Questions for Your First Prenatal Appointment

May 20, 2021

Finding out you’re pregnant can be exciting. It can also be unexpected, overwhelming, scary, and a whole host of other emotions–sometimes all at once. Maybe that is just life’s way of starting to prepare you for the emotional roller coaster that is parenthood. But, don’t let your emotions get...

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Types of Birth Control: What You Need to Know

April 15, 2021

Naturally, we often think of birth control as a method for preventing pregnancy. But, it can also have other use applications such as regulating menstrual cycles, relief for painful periods and to help treat hormonal acne. The type of birth control that is best for you depends on a...

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What Medications Are Safe to Take During Pregnancy?

March 23, 2021

The do’s and don’ts of pregnancy can be overwhelming. At Kernodle OB/GYN, we want to make your experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible by providing you the resources that you need. One of the most common questions that our providers get asked is what over-the-counter medications are safe...

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The Annual Exam: 8 Things to Share with Your OB/GYN

February 14, 2021

During your annual wellness exam, you should update your OB/GYN on your overall health as well as your sexual and reproductive health. Before and during the exam, the nurse and the doctor will probably ask you questions about any changes you have experienced between the last time they saw...

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

January 15, 2021

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, making now the perfect time to learn about why folic acid is so important during pregnancy. The number one recommendation for birth defect prevention is getting at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. Folic acid is a B vitamin that...

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5 Top Problems with Menstrual Cycles

December 30, 2020

Your menstrual period is a hormonal process that takes place once a month. The average woman will experience about 450 periods in her lifetime, so you would expect these cycles to operate like clockwork. For some women, their menstrual cycle begins and ends at the same time each month,...

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Benefits of Being Pregnant in the Winter

December 15, 2020

While the changing of the seasons can be a welcome shift in routine, many dread the dark, cold days of winter. Chilly weather and snow flurries have the potential to add magic to the holiday season, but after all of the festivities have passed it’s easy to get stuck...

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The Difference Between Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis

November 30, 2020

It’s no surprise that pelvic pain and endometriosis are often categorized together. These two conditions are very similar when it comes to symptoms, and even share some of the same treatments. It’s important to note, however, that while pelvic pain is a common symptom of endometriosis, it doesn’t ensure...

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What Mothers of Premature Babies Need to Know

November 16, 2020

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, so we wanted to take some time to address this maternal and infant health crisis that affects nearly 400,000 babies each year. Fortunately, the survival rate for premature babies born after 28 weeks who weigh over two pounds, three ounces is very high. Further,...

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How to Know if You Have Endometriosis

October 30, 2020

While endometriosis can occur in any woman during her reproductive years, it’s generally more common in women in their 30s and 40s. While the cause of endometriosis is not conclusive, genetics, giving birth for the first time after the age of 30, and abnormalities within the uterus may increase...

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6 Pregnancy Myths: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction?

October 15, 2020

Your pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times of your life. It’s also one of the times you want to be the most informed. A lot of myths float around when it comes to being pregnant: you should do this, you should do that, this isn’t healthy...

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Prenatal Workout Guide

September 29, 2020

As your belly gets bigger and your clothes get tighter, you may wonder, “Is it safe to exercise?”. While the answer is usually that it’s a good idea to exercise in safe ways, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider first because every woman is different. However, if...

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Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

September 15, 2020

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so now is the ideal time to learn more about this disease, how it’s diagnosed, and how it can be treated. According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), 1 in 78 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We’re here...

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What is Sexual Health?

August 31, 2020

Sexual Health Awareness Month is in September, with World Sexual Health Day being observed on September 4th. Sexual health is an important part of overall wellness for all adults. But do you know what sexual health really means? Not everyone does, so let’s talk about it! The Definition of...

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4 Facts about Women’s Mental Health

August 16, 2020

Your mental health plays a large part in our overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, sometimes we have issues with our mental health. It’s important to recognize these issues so we can seek help when we need it. Because September is National Suicide Prevention Month, we’re focusing on women’s mental...

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3 Options for Menopause Management

July 31, 2020

Menopause occurs when a woman has not had a menstrual period for a full year. It marks the end of a woman’s fertile period. Women reach menopause at different ages and may experience symptoms for several years. According to the US Office on Women’s Health, women usually reach menopause...

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Regular Morning Sickness vs Hyperemesis Gravidarum

July 17, 2020

Many women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It is most common during the early weeks of pregnancy. Even though it doesn’t always happen in the morning, this is known as morning sickness. However, if you have severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy you might have a condition called...

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8 Things To Include In Your Birth Plan

June 30, 2020

Writing a birth plan can help you feel more prepared and empowered as your due date approaches. A birth plan lays out your wishes for labor, delivery, postpartum, and newborn care. Even if you don’t end up sticking to the plan, it is a valuable tool for educating yourself...

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How 8 Types of Hormones Affect Your Health

June 25, 2020

It’s well known that our hormones have a big effect on how we feel both mentally and physically. The following types of hormones are key players in how your body functions and can affect your health in multiple ways. 1. Estrogen Estrogen is one of the key female sex...

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Hospital Bag Checklist: What You Really Need

April 29, 2020

If you’re nearing your due date, it’s time to pack your hospital bag. But what do you really need to bring? Use this handy hospital bag checklist as a guide! Your Birth Plan If you have a birth plan, make sure you print out several copies to put in...

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Options for Birth Control After Baby

April 15, 2020

Our bodies are changing in unexpected ways after pregnancy. You’re dealing with a whole new mix of challenges and demands from your body and your new baby including physical recovery, breastfeeding, sleep, and new routines. Everything can seem confusing and overwhelming. We understand birth control might not be on...

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3 Endometriosis Treatment Options

March 30, 2020

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month all around the world. According to the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), at least 6.5 million women have endometriosis in the US alone. Worldwide the number is estimated to be around 200 million. Right now, there is no cure for endometriosis. However, there is...

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Why Preconception Care Matters

February 27, 2020

All women should practice good habits and be aware of their health. But for women who are planning on becoming pregnant, certain things become even more important. That’s where preconception care comes in. Seeing an OB/GYN for preconception counseling can help a woman physically prepare for conception and pregnancy....

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7 Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

February 14, 2020

Over the last few decades, advancements have been made in surgical procedures that make them safer and easier for patients. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has become the standard for many procedures traditionally done with an open technique. These procedures include robotic surgery, endoscopic surgery, and laparoscopic surgery.  Minimally invasive...

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What is a High-Risk Pregnancy?

January 30, 2020

A high-risk pregnancy is defined as a pregnancy in which the mother or the baby may be at increased risk for health problems during the pregnancy and/or during and after delivery. It can be scary being told your pregnancy is high-risk, but with the right prenatal care and precautions,...

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When to Go to the Gynecologist

January 15, 2020

Obstetrician-gynecologists, or OB/GYNs, are doctors who are educated to provide medical care to women. While obstetrics focuses on pregnancy care and delivery, gynecology is the part of the specialty that focuses on women’s health and the female reproductive system. OB/GYNs can provide a number of services gynecological to women,...

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9 Women’s Health Goals for the New Year

December 30, 2019

As the end of the year approaches, many women start thinking about what goals they should set for the new year. The new year is a great opportunity to make changes because it gives us a clean page to start on. When making resolutions, health and wellness should be...

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8 Reasons to Consider Choosing a New OB/GYN

December 16, 2019

You should feel comfortable and safe with the healthcare providers you see regularly. Having trust in the judgment and experience of a doctor or other healthcare professional is an important factor when considering diagnoses and treatment plans. When you don’t have confidence in the doctor/patient relationship, then you may...

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9 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

November 15, 2019

Almost everyone knows someone touched by breast cancer, as it is the most common type of cancer among women outside of certain skin cancers. So many factors can contribute to developing breast cancer, including age and family history. Some things you can’t control or change, but there are some...

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8 Common Reasons for a Hysterectomy

October 30, 2019

A hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure many women undergo to treat a variety of health conditions specific to the female reproductive system by removing the uterus. There are variations of the procedure that include different parts of the reproductive system depending on the nature of the condition. Common...

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Understanding Miscarriage

October 18, 2019

Miscarriage is often on the minds of people trying to get pregnant trying and who are already pregnant, especially if the pregnancy is in the first trimester. However, knowing certain facts and understanding miscarriage can help alleviate a bit of the anxiety and fear. Because October is Pregnancy and...

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What is Gestational Diabetes?

September 30, 2019

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman develops diabetes during pregnancy when she was not diabetic before pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wealth of information on all kinds of diseases and conditions, including pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes. You should also...

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Abnormal Pap Smear Results: What Do They Mean and What Happens Next

June 17, 2019

When it comes to gynecological health, a Pap smear is one of the basic tests a lot of women are familiar with as part of their yearly exam. But what happens if you get an abnormal result? What does abnormal mean? And what happens after you get an abnormal...

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7 Early Signs of Pregnancy

May 15, 2019

When you’re a teenager, sexual education classes stress the importance of using contraception to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections. What they don’t tell you is how difficult it can be to get pregnant when you’re intentionally trying to conceive. It can be hard not to...

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6 Babymoon Destinations Within Driving Distance

March 22, 2019

Since finding out you’re pregnant, your days have been filled with doctors appointments, preparing the nursery, reading baby books, attending classes, and spending time with your friends and family. But, sometimes, you just want a bit of one-on-one time with your significant other before the new addition joins your...

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