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By Capital Women's Care
April 09, 2021
Tags: Pregnancy   Nutrition  

Improving your nutrition while you're pregnant helps you and your baby stay healthy. Your OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, can help you make the best nutritional choices and offer support, advice, and treatment for all of your pregnancy needs.

Eating for two in Rockville, MD?

Although you'll definitely need to increase the number of calories you eat every day, you won't need to double your usual intake of food. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends adding 340 calories during the second trimester and a little more during the third trimester. Twin pregnancies require an additional 600 calories daily, while you'll need 900 more calories if you're having triplets, according to the ACOG.

What good nutrition during pregnancy looks like

Avoiding or limiting sugary treats, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, fried and processed foods is a good start if you're pregnant. Focus on:
 

  • Fruits and Vegetables: Fresh or frozen fruits and a selection of healthy vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, beans, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, greens, peppers, and tomatoes, offer tasty, healthy meal choices.
  • Healthy Carbohydrates: When you visit a Rockville, MD, grocery store, purchase healthier carbohydrates, like potatoes, peas, winter squash, and corn. Choose whole-grain bread, pasta, bagels, and muffins, and substitute brown rice for white rice.
  • Lean Protein: Skinless poultry, lean beef, fish, lentils, peanut butter, hummus, tofu, low-fat yogurt, and cheese are good sources of protein.

At mealtime, fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit, 1/4 with carbohydrates, and 1/4 with protein. Cook with healthier fats, like olive oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil.
 

While you're pregnant, avoid undercooked fish and uncooked sushi, hot dogs, luncheon meats (unless they're heated), raw eggs or meat, unpasteurized milk, and fish that's high in mercury, including swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish. If you like tuna, eat no more than six ounces per week.

What about vitamins?

During pregnancy, you'll need extra minerals and vitamins. Although eating a healthy diet is important, you may not get all of the nutrients you need through your diet alone. Taking prenatal vitamins that include B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and choline, is a simple way to give your baby the best possible start.
 

A healthy pregnancy starts with regular visits to your Rockville, MD, OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care. Call them at (301) 569-6301 to schedule an appointment.

By Capital Women's Care
May 11, 2020
Category: Women Health Care

A high-risk pregnancy involves health conditions and pregnancy outcomes of the mother, the baby, or both. At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, our four board-certified OB/GYN physicians consider each pregnancy vitally important. They take special care of moms and babies who present with concerning medical factors and conditions. Learn more about high-risk pregnancy from the experts.

You and your pregnancy

Each patient, along with her baby and pregnancy, is unique. At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, our professional team encourages counseling and medical care even before you conceive so you're well-informed on any pre-existing conditions or risks a pregnancy could pose.

Once you are pregnant, you'll be followed through the 40 gestational weeks with in-office check-ups, blood work, ultrasound testing, and more. The doctors meticulously track fetal development and health, present you with delivery options and educate you on the labor process, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

There are many factors that lead your doctor to consider your pregnancy high-risk. They include:

  • Pre-existing maternal health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lupus, HIV-infection or other STDs, anxiety, and depression, chronic kidney disease, history of pre-term labor or miscarriage
  • Maternal age (17 and younger or 35 and older)
  • Genetic factors or developmental defects in the baby
  • Carrying twins or multiples
  • Alcohol, drug or tobacco usage

What you should do

Every mom--high-risk or not--should keep all schedule appointments at Capital Women's Care. Be sure to exercise and eat nutritiously. Ask for help with substance abuse issues. Contact your health care provider with any concerns or questions which may arise during your pregnancy.

If you are high-risk, you will deliver in a hospital, not at a birth center or at home. Your physician will prepare you for any possible delivery complications, such as pre-term labor, or the need for induction or C-section. Also, the doctor will inform you of how your baby will be cared for in case of complications.

Help is here

At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, expect exceptional care throughout your pregnancy. If you're high-risk, we provide accurate medical care and emotional support for excellent patient outcomes for moms and babies. Contact us for more information: (301) 569-6301.

By Capital Women's Care
December 04, 2017
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pregnancy  

Finding out you're pregnant is exciting, and the doctors at Capital Women's Care in Rockville and serving the Montgomery County area, pregnancyknow this. That's why they like to set milestones. It's a great way to monitor the health of the mother and baby.

Preconception Counseling

Preconception counseling helps doctors create a comprehensive treatment plan for you and your baby. The Rockville and Montgomery County area doctors will go over your family's medical history to identify risk factors and/or pre-existing medical conditions for your specialized treatment plan. They will also adjust any medications you're already taking, recommend routine tests and provide vitamin supplements prior to conception.

Trimester 1

There is a list to complete in order to start out your pregnancy experience smooth sailing:

  • A standardized panel of lab work and tests
  • Ultrasound exam to confirm pregnancy viability and confirm due date
  • Specialized screening tests such as genetic testing.
  • Answering any questions you may have about prenatal care

Trimester 2

The second trimester involves the following tests and exciting news:

  • A 20-week ultrasound, to monitor the baby’s development and a look at the baby’s gender.
  • A discussion about prenatal classes and classes on how to care for your newborn.
  • Another set of labs including a screen for gestational diabetes that should be conducted between 24 and 28 weeks.
  • Registering at the hospital for your delivery and looking into pediatricians if you don’t already have one.

Trimester 3

The bundle of joy is on their way and that means more visits to our office. During the third trimester we will:

  • Review the precautions you need to take and when to call us with any symptoms or problems.
  • Do another routine test of Group B Strep culture.
  • Evaluate your cervix as your due date nears.
  • Discuss your delivery plans for anesthesia among other concerns you might have.

For more information on Obstetrics and pregnancy care in the Rockville, MD and Montgomery County area call Capital Women's Care at (301) 569-6301

By Capital Women's Care
June 20, 2017
Tags: Pregnancy   diet  

Pregnancy can significantly alter your diet; foods you would normally avoid sound irresistible, while a mere mention of your favorite pregnancy, dietfoods might turn your stomach. But since what you eat has a direct affect on your baby, the OB-GYN staff at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, Maryland, encourage all expectant mothers to maintain a healthy diet. Below, Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky explain what women should eat - and what they should avoid - during their pregnancies.

Basic guidelines

During your pregnancy, it may be tempting to "eat for two," as the saying goes. But your Rockville doctors advise against this method, as unnecessary weight gain and calories can have an impact on your baby's health as well as yours. Instead, maintain a healthful diet with lots of protein from sources like lean meats, nuts, and low-mercury fish. Combining iron with vitamin C helps absorption and compensates for the increased blood supply in your body. Folic acid is also extremely important, as it can help prevent the fetus from developing neurological problems. Prenatal supplements can help boost these vital nutrients.

For gestational diabetes

Some pregnant women develop a condition called gestational diabetes, a condition in which the body stops metabolizing glucose, or blood sugar, properly. This causes elevated levels of blood glucose which can be passed along to their unborn baby, potentially resulting in unnecessarily large birth weight, respiratory problems and other complications following birth. Women who are gestationally diabetic should work closely with their Rockville OB-GYN throughout their pregnancy to maintain a diet that allows the body to compensate for higher blood sugar levels; eating several small meals throughout the day that are high in fiber but low in carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, is highly recommended.

Other considerations

During pregnancy, some foods and drinks should be eaten only in moderation or avoided completely. You can still enjoy your morning coffee, for example, but your Rockville obstetrician recommends limiting your caffeine intake to 200 milligrams a day, which is equal to about two 6-ounce cups of coffee. Lunchmeat, unpasteurized cheese or undercooked seafood (such as raw sushi) puts you at risk for serious bacterial infections, which can be passed along to your unborn baby.

If you're pregnant or trying to conceive, we can give you more information about the best choices you can make for yourself and your unborn baby during pregnancy. Contact Capital Women's Care in Rockville, Maryland, to make an appointment with one of our caring, skilled providers: Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, or Dr. Leslie Masiky.

By Capital Women's Care
March 30, 2017
Tags: Pregnancy  

Congratulations– you're pregnant! Now that you've calmed down some from the initial excitement, it's time to focus on the most important thing: your health and the baby's health. Capital Women's Health, which is located in Rockville, MD, provides gynecological and obstetric care for women at every stage of life. Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky are some of the finest OB/GYNs in Rockville, MD. Here are some tips for having a healthy pregnancy.

1. Choose a qualified OB/GYN.
Choosing an OB/GYN who will help care for you during your pregnancy, labor and delivery is very important. An OB/GYN is a medical doctor who is specially trained to provide medical and surgical care to women. To verify the credentials of an OB/GYN, contact the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. You will be seeing your OB/GYN often over the coming months, so it's important to find a good match.

2. Schedule a prenatal appointment.
Once you've made your decision, help get your pregnancy off to a healthy start by scheduling your first prenatal appointment. Many doctors will schedule your first visit for when you're about 8 weeks pregnant. Some doctors will see you sooner, especially if you have a health condition, or are having symptoms such as abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, or nausea and vomiting. Regular appointments with your doctor throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby.

3. Get an ultrasound during pregnancy.
Ultrasound is a prenatal test offered to expectant mothers. The test uses sound waves to show a picture of your baby in the uterus. Most women get their first ultrasound in their second trimester at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of the test is to find out how many babies you are carrying, and whether they are developing normally. Your first ultrasound can be very exciting because it gives you the first glimpse of your child.

4. Get the screening tests you need.
Prenatal screening tests are done to determine whether a baby is likely to have specific birth defects. A prenatal screening test can only provide your risk, or probability, that a particular condition exists. Most of these screening tests are noninvasive. These tests are usually performed during the first and second trimesters. 

5. Pay attention to your health.
A healthy lifestyle is always important – but when you're pregnant, it's that much more vital. So make sure you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, start taking a prenatal vitamin, get enough folic acid and consider a pregnancy-friendly exercise routine. Also, remember to drink seven to ten glasses of water per day and choose skim milk and real fruit juices instead of sodas.

6. Avoid these pregnancy no-nos.
Some things should be avoided during your pregnancy. These include cigarette smoke, alcohol, certain foods, too much caffeine, recreational drugs, as well as certain behaviors and activities. Talk to your doctor to find out more about what you may need to steer clear of. Don't take any medications, even OTC medications, unless you have discussed them with your OB/GYN.

Now that you’re pregnant, it’s really important to take steps to achieve your goal—having a healthy baby. Call Capital Women's Health at 301-569-6301 right now to schedule an appointment in Rockville, MD. Seeing an OB/GYN is among the best ways you can help protect your child's health and well-being. Be assured that our staff will provide you with the best care possible as you prepare for one of your life's most miraculous events- the birth of your child.

Congratulations– you're pregnant! Now that you've calmed down some from the initial excitement, it's time to focus on the most important thing: your health and the baby's health. Capital Women's Health, which is located in Rockville, MD, provides gynecological and obstetric care for women at every stage of life. Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, and Dr. Leslie Masiky are some of the finest OB/GYNs in Rockville, MD. Here are some tips for having a healthy pregnancy.

1. Choose a qualified OB/GYN.
Choosing an OB/GYN who will help care for you during your pregnancy, labor and delivery is very important. An OB/GYN is a medical doctor who is specially trained to provide medical and surgical care to women. To verify the credentials of an OB/GYN, contact the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. You will be seeing your OB/GYN often over the coming months, so it's important to find a good match.

2. Schedule a prenatal appointment.
Once you've made your decision, help get your pregnancy off to a healthy start by scheduling your first prenatal appointment. Many doctors will schedule your first visit for when you're about 8 weeks pregnant. Some doctors will see you sooner, especially if you have a health condition, or are having symptoms such as abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, or nausea and vomiting. Regular appointments with your doctor throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby.

3. Get an ultrasound during pregnancy.
Ultrasound is a prenatal test offered to expectant mothers. The test uses sound waves to show a picture of your baby in the uterus. Most women get their first ultrasound in their second trimester at 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. The purpose of the test is to find out how many babies you are carrying, and whether they are developing normally. Your first ultrasound can be very exciting because it gives you the first glimpse of your child.

4. Get the screening tests you need.
Prenatal screening tests are done to determine whether a baby is likely to have specific birth defects. A prenatal screening test can only provide your risk, or probability, that a particular condition exists. Most of these screening tests are noninvasive. These tests are usually performed during the first and second trimesters. 

5. Pay attention to your health.
A healthy lifestyle is always important – but when you're pregnant, it's that much more vital. So make sure you eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, start taking a prenatal vitamin, get enough folic acid and consider a pregnancy-friendly exercise routine. Also, remember to drink seven to ten glasses of water per day and choose skim milk and real fruit juices instead of sodas.

6. Avoid these pregnancy no-nos.
Some things should be avoided during your pregnancy. These include cigarette smoke, alcohol, certain foods, too much caffeine, recreational drugs, as well as certain behaviors and activities. Talk to your doctor to find out more about what you may need to steer clear of. Don't take any medications, even OTC medications, unless you have discussed them with your OB/GYN.

Now that you’re pregnant, it’s really important to take steps to achieve your goal—having a healthy baby. Call Capital Women's Health at 301-569-6301 right now to schedule an appointment in Rockville, MD. Seeing an OB/GYN is among the best ways you can help protect your child's health and well-being. Be assured that our staff will provide you with the best care possible as you prepare for one of your life's most miraculous events- the birth of your child.