Pregnancy Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs located in Rockville, MD & Silver Spring, MD

From the moment you begin thinking about pregnancy, through the questions and concerns that arise as your body changes during pregnancy, you can count on the compassionate guidance and top-notch medical support provided by the doctors at Capital Women’s Care. In addition to comprehensive prenatal care, they manage high-risk pregnancies, and offer fetal non-stress tests and fetal biophysical profile testing in the office. To schedule preconception or prenatal care, call one of their offices in Rockville or Silver Spring, Maryland, or book an appointment online.

Pregnancy Q & A

What is preconception care?

Preconception care is a checkup you get before becoming pregnant to make sure you’re in the best possible health for pregnancy and delivery. Health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, being overweight, and smoking can cause complications during pregnancy. A preconception checkup identifies any concerns so they can be treated before you become pregnant.

What should you expect during prenatal care?

At your first prenatal appointment, your doctor at Capital Women's Care reviews your health history, performs a physical exam, and draws blood for testing. You'll also talk about genetic testing options, foods to avoid during pregnancy, exercise, and plan for the type of delivery you prefer.

Prenatal care follows a regular schedule. You’ll come in monthly during the first and second trimesters, every two weeks during the third trimester, then weekly after you reach 36 weeks. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you may need more frequent appointments.

You undergo routine urine and blood tests at specific times during your pregnancy to check for:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Anemia
  • Bladder or kidney infections
  • Hepatitis B
  • Group B strep bacteria

When will you get a sonogram?

Your doctor may perform an ultrasound or sonogram at any time during your pregnancy to assess your baby’s growth, cervical length, or placental location. Most women, however, receive two routine sonograms.

You can expect to have a sonogram in the first trimester to verify your due date. A second ultrasound is scheduled around 20 weeks to evaluate your baby's development. During this ultrasound, you may learn the sex of your baby.

You can also choose to have a 3D or 4D sonogram performed at Capital Women’s Care. Three-dimensional sonograms show your baby’s facial features with clarity similar to a photograph, while 4D images capture movement.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is one in which any condition threatens the health of the mother and/or her baby. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, the team at Capital Women’s Care provides expert care so you don’t have to worry. They routinely manage pregnancies that are high-risk due to:

  • Risk of preterm labor
  • Low or high levels of amniotic fluid
  • Multiples pregnancy
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Chronic health conditions (diabetes, thyroid disorder, high blood pressure)

The team at Capital Women’s Care are honored to provide your obstetric care. Please call or book an appointment online for ongoing prenatal appointments.