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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
January 30, 2017
Category: OBGYN

When many people think of going to the OB/GYN they automatically assume that it is for a Pap smear test. But there is another valuablecontraception counseling appointment you can make with a gynecologist at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, called contraception counseling. Find out what this is and how a gynecologist can help you make the right decision for your sexual health.

What Is Contraception Counseling?
Contraception counseling is an appointment that you make with your gynecologist to discuss ways that you can avoid conceiving if you're sexually active. Here are a few of the topics you'll likely discuss:

- Your medical background and conditions, including any past gynecological issues or STDs.
- Menstrual cycle and history.
- Relationships (multiple or single partners).
- Allergies and reactions.
- Smoker or non-smoker and other habits.
- Recent pregnancies or plans to get pregnant in the future.

Why Is Contraception Counseling Important?
There are numerous contraception options available now for women who want to avoid pregnancy. However not every option is right for every woman. For example, some women can’t take certain types of birth control if they have cardiovascular or hormonal issues. For this reason and more it is important to schedule a counseling session with your Rockville gynecologist to find out which option will work for you and ensure your ongoing health and wellness.

Contraception Options
It's a good idea to have a general idea of the various contraception options available before you go to your counseling appointment. These are a few treatments that you may discuss with your OB/GYN:

- birth control pills or patches
- contraceptive vaginal ring
- IUD (intra-uterine device)
- progesterone pill, implant or injection
- condoms
- tubal ligation or tubal occlusion (permanent options)

Schedule a Counseling Session Today
Your sexual health is important and part of staying healthy is staying in touch with your gynecologist. Schedule a contraception counseling session with a gynecologist at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, by calling (301) 569-6301 today.

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
October 07, 2016
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Pelvic Pain  

Are you dealing with abdominal pain? Find out what might be to blame.

It can be a bit unnerving to experiencing pelvic pain, particularly out of the blue. While it’s obviously common to deal with it during yourpelvic pain period you may feel a bit confused as to what could be bringing it on any other time of the month. From the office of your Montgomery County, MD gynecologists--Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni and Dr. Leslie Masiky--discover the most common causes of pelvic pain.

Common Reasons for Pelvic Pain

There are so many issues that can cause pelvic pain, from the benign to the serious. Common causes include:

  • Bladder problems
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Appendicitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Kidney stones
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Painful ovulation
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Scar tissue/Abdominal adhesions
  • Vulvodynia

When You Should See Our Montgomery County Women’s Doctor

You should call a doctor right away or head to your local ER if you have severe and sudden abdominal pain, as well as if you are noticing vaginal bleeding along with pain.

You should call us to schedule an appointment if:

  • Your pain affects your daily life or activities
  • You notice pain during intercourse
  • Your once pain-less periods are now painful
  • You notice blood in the urine or pain when peeing
  • Your notice changes to your bowel movements or blood in your stool

While your general doctor may be able to help determine the cause of your symptoms if you are looking for more advanced treatment options for women’s health issues then you will want to turn to our gynecological experts in Montgomery County, MD.

If you are dealing with pelvic pain, we understand that it can be a bit scary. Turn to the OBGYN experts at Capital Women's Health in Montgomery County. We are here to offer up solutions to your abdominal pain.





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