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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.

By Capital Women's Care
December 08, 2016
Category: OBGYN

Pregnancy is truly an amazing and unique journey for every woman.

Find out what big milestones you have to look forward to during your pregnancy.

While pregnancy may also feel like a whirlwind of emotions, before you know it your baby will be here and it will be so easy to forget pregnancywhat you went through those nine months. Of course, our Montgomery County, MD OBGYNs--Dr. Aliya Poshni, Dr. Eric Ashkin and Dr. Leslie Masiky--believe that there are some exciting pregnancy milestones that you should certainly look forward to and enjoy.

The End of Your First Trimester

Many women still wait until they have passed their first trimester to tell the world they are expecting. The first trimester can often be tough, with morning sickness and exhaustion, but now you are out of the woods and should certainly celebrate this milestone. Enjoy getting to see the smiles on people’s faces when you tell friends and family that you are expecting your own bundle of joy. Plus, you’ll also get back some of the energy that you lost during those first 12 weeks.

The First Heartbeat

It’s the most amazing sound in the world to hear your baby’s heartbeat. When you come in to see our Montgomery County obstetrician for an ultrasound you will finally get to hear the whooshing sound of your baby’s heart. The first time you experience this it can be amazingly overwhelming and exciting. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions in the moment.

The First Ultrasound

Most women wonder what their child looks like and the first time you get to take a look at the little baby inside you this is a moment that you won’t forget. As the baby grows it’s exciting to see the baby somersaulting, wiggling and kicking around in there. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for a printout of your ultrasound as a special keepsake.

The First Pregnancy Outfit

Once your belly starts to pop out, it’s time to find clothes that actually feel comfortable to walk around in. Enjoy shopping for those stretchy pants and adorable dresses that show off your new pregnant body. Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to shop?

The First Contraction

Yes, we understand that a lot of women worry about the actual labor and delivery part, but the first contractions are often known as Braxton-Hicks or “practice” contractions to get your body ready for the real thing. While these contractions can be a bit uncomfortable the positive news is that your little one is almost on its way!

Are you looking to find an obstetrician or gynecologist in Montgomery County, MD that you can trust? Then turn to the experts at Capital Women's Health. We are here for you every step of the way.

By Capital Women's Care
July 25, 2016
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pregnancy   risks   smoking   alcohol  

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 pregnancy riskslifestyle 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.