At each prenatal visit, the baby’s growth and heart rate is checked, as well as the mother’s blood pressure and weight. Routine blood and urine tests, blood glucose screening, and an ultrasound are ordered at various times throughout the pregnancy.
In addition to monitoring your health, your provider at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates takes time to discuss essential issues related to pregnancy, such as:
Weight gain: The guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy are based on your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). Recommended weight gain ranges from 28-40 pounds for women who were underweight before pregnancy to 15-25 pounds for women who were overweight prior to getting pregnant.
Birth plans: You can choose natural childbirth, have a nurse midwife provide your care, or specify other preferences for your delivery.
Breastfeeding: You’ll learn about breastfeeding and can participate in childbirth classes at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates.
Birth control plan: Breastfeeding stops ovulation, but it’s not foolproof. Women who aren’t breastfeeding won’t know for sure when to expect their first period. You’ll need to have a birth control plan in place if you don’t want to risk getting pregnant shortly after having your baby.
Changes in hormones, increased blood and fluid volume, and extra weight as the baby grows may cause common problems:
Most women only need 340 calories more than their normal diet in the second trimester and 450 extra calories in the third trimester. Even though you don’t need a lot of extra food, you do need extra nutrients, especially folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin D. Prenatal vitamins ensure you and your baby have all the nutrients required to stay healthy.
Alcohol should be eliminated and caffeine should be limited. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential, but avoid the seven types of fish known to contain high levels of mercury: King mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, bigeye tuna.
Please avoid these foods because they may be contaminated with bacteria that can harm your baby:
Fairfax OB-GYN accepts most major insurance plans. Please call any of our offices to inquire about your particular insurance. We also accept self-pay patients and out of network patients and would be glad to assist you in arranging for payment of services. After services are provided, we will be glad to file claims to your insurance company on your behalf. We will assist you in making sure that your insurance pays us timely and appropriately for services we have provided to you. However, please know that ultimately you are financially responsible for payment of bills incurred. Any patient who schedules an appointment and fails to keep that appointment without providing 24 hour notice of cancellation will be responsible for a $50 no show fee. Any inquiries should be directed to the Billing Department at (703) 391-1500.
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