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Find out why you should avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption while pregnant.
If you just recently found out you are pregnant, congratulations! This is an exciting time and you’re probably working to make some lifestyle changes now that you know you are pregnant. From the office of our Rockville gynecologists Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni and Dr. Leslie Masiky, find out why drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes no longer just impacts you, but also your baby.
Drinking While Pregnant
The next time someone offers you a glass of wine, just politely turn it down. Why? Because alcohol can pass through the placenta to your developing fetus. The blood alcohol level of a fetus increases much more than the mother’s and can last much longer. This means that the damage done by alcohol can be severe enough to cause issues such as heart damage.
Besides the physical damage that can be caused by alcohol, children can also be born with learning or speech problems, and severe behavioral issues.
How Smoking Affects Your Baby
You probably already know that smoking isn’t healthy for anyone, but it’s particularly detrimental to your growing baby. Women who smoke are more than twice as likely as nonsmokers to have babies with a low birth weight, which can cause other serious health concerns. Smoking also increases your chances of an ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants somewhere outside the uterus, which can lead to serious complications).
Furthermore, smoking can also increase the chances of birth defects such as a cleft lip or clubfoot. So, if you need help quitting tobacco while pregnant, talk to your Rockville obstetrician about some of the best ways to ditch the habit to protect yourself and your baby.
Need to schedule your next OBGYN checkup? Have questions about your pregnancy? Potomac Obstetrics & Gynecology in Rockville, MD is here for you. Call our office today.
How your Rockville obstetrician can help you.
Having a baby is one of life’s most important events, and you should do everything possible to make sure you and your baby do well. You may want to seek out a skilled obstetrician even before you decide to get pregnant; in any case, don’t delay seeing an obstetrician if you are pregnant or thinking of having a baby. Your doctors at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, having been serving patients in Montgomery County for many years, and they want you to know how your obstetrician can help you.
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, a preconception counseling appointment might be helpful. Your doctors at Capital Women's Health can review your family history, medical history and any medications you are taking and identify any risk factors which may put you in high-risk pregnancy category. For instance, if you are 35 years or older, your age may place you in a high-risk pregnancy category.
You should take a home pregnancy test if there is a chance you might be pregnant. If your test is positive, you can start taking a prenatal vitamin and call for your first appointment with your doctors at Capital Women's Health.
When you are in your first trimester, your doctors at Capital Women's Health will perform testing and lab work to determine if you are healthy. They will also do an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and provide an initial due date. If you are in a high risk category, they may suggest genetic testing.
In the second trimester, you will have an ultrasound generally around 20 weeks to check your baby’s development and gender. You will also be screened for gestational diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks. You can find out about prenatal classes, and take care of your hospital registration too.
During your third and last trimester, you will visit your doctors at Capital Women's Health frequently. They will do a strep culture, and check your cervix as you get closer to your due date. You can discuss your delivery, anesthesia and any other issues that concern you.
You should start seeing an obstetrician as soon as you can, right after you have a positive pregnancy test. Don’t delay because you and your baby deserve to have the best treatment possible. That’s why you should call your doctors at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, call today!
If you’ve been wondering whether you’re pregnant, it can be a long and difficult wait before you finally find out. Although you’ll likely know for sure in a few weeks, there are many symptoms you can watch for that offer early clues.
It’s important to remember that while any of the following symptoms may indicate pregnancy, they may also be signs of more serious conditions. If you’re not sure whether the changes in your body are due to pregnancy, visit your Montgomery County physicians at Potomac Obstetrics and Gynecology for a comprehensive exam.
Early Signs of Pregnancy
Missed period: This is the most well-known sign of possible pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your body will not shed the uterine lining and you won’t get your regular period. However, you may begin to notice other signs of pregnancy before you ever notice you’ve missed a period.
Tender or swollen breasts: The hormonal changes in early pregnancy can cause the breast tissue to become particularly sore or sensitive to pressure.
Nausea and/or vomiting: Pregnancy-related nausea is most likely to appear in the morning, although it can affect you any time of day or night. The nausea may be constant, or it may come in waves. The cause of morning sickness is still unclear, although it may be related to rapidly increasing levels of hCG (the “pregnancy hormone”).
Increased frequency of urination: It may seem strange that this would happen so early in pregnancy, but hormonal changes can have you running for the bathroom long before your uterus is weighing heavily on your bladder. Your blood volume begins to increase after conception, and this increased fluid volume contributes to frequent urination.
Fatigue: This is a common symptom throughout pregnancy, but it’s especially apparent in the first trimester. Progesterone is a pregnancy-related hormone that makes you feel sleepy - and during early pregnancy, progesterone levels are rapidly rising.
Food cravings or aversions: Suddenly can’t stand the sight of your favorite cuisine? Craving certain foods that no other meal can satisfy? It’s not clear exactly why this happens, but it may be one of your body’s first reactions to pregnancy.
Spotting: You may notice a small amount of blood before or around the time of your expected period. This is called implantation spotting, created when the fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall.
Cramping, mood swings, or dizziness: These can also be symptoms of a normal cycle - but if they’re different or more intense, it’s possible they could be early signs of pregnancy.
Montgomery County Pregnancy Care
Capital Women's Health is your center for complete pregnancy and women's health care in Montgomery County. To confirm a pregnancy test or consult with a specialist about your fertility or pregnancy needs, call (301) 569-6301 and a member of our team will be in touch.
Pregnancy Care in Rockville
- At least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily
- Plenty of carbohydrates
- Daily servings of protein
- Two portions of fish a week
Take a Vitamin Supplement
Prioritize Your Rest
During your pregnancy in Rockville and Montgomery County, it is important to take proper care of yourself and your baby. Talk to one of our gynecologists in Rockville, MD for more information on how to protect your baby and yourself during pregnancy.