Pregnancy FAQs

Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, there are always questions for moms-to-be. Fortunately, our Rockville, MD, OBGYNs and the team at Potomac Ob Gyn, LLC are always here to answer any questions you might have about your pregnancy. So take a deep breath. We’re here to provide moms with peace of mind.

What are the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy?

This is one question we hear a lot and also a topic that’s searched quite frequently online. While every woman will experience different symptoms, some of the most classic early signs of pregnancy include,

  • Nausea

  • Breast tenderness

  • Exhaustion

  • Mood swings

  • Frequent urination

  • Sudden food aversions

  • Missed period

What should I expect from my first prenatal visit?

When you come in for your prenatal appointment expect to spend some time with your doctor. We will collect a urine sample and also take blood. This will help us confirm the pregnancy and also determine your baby’s due date. We will also perform a thorough physical evaluation to check your vital signs and the rest of your health.

This blood test will also be used to check for any health problems including STDs. A pap smear may also be performed to check your vaginal and cervical health. These visits are also a time for us to get to know you better and to answer any questions you may have along the way. We know you will have questions; make sure to write them down and bring them with you.

Can I take medications while pregnant?

While some medications are perfectly safe to use, even throughout the first trimester, there are certain supplements and medications such as ibuprofen that could be harmful to your unborn child. Make sure to write down the list of medications and supplements you are taking and let our OBGYNs know at your first appointment. We can determine which medications are safe to continue using and which ones may need to be replaced with a safer alternative.

Should I take prenatal vitamins?

It’s a good idea for all pregnant women, including women who are trying to become pregnant, to take a daily prenatal vitamin, which contains folic acid and other nutrients that can keep both you and your unborn baby healthy.

What foods should I avoid while pregnant?

Pregnant women must avoid these foods and beverages,

  • Raw fish

  • Undercooked or processed meats

  • High-mercury fish such as swordfish or tuna

  • Raw meats

  • Caffeine

  • Unwashed produce

  • Raw sprouts

  • Unpasteurized cheese, milk, and juice

  • Alcohol

Is exercise safe?

Yes, exercise is not only safe but recommended for pregnant women to help them maintain good health throughout their pregnancy. Exercise will not increase a woman’s risk for a miscarriage. Even just 30 minutes a day of moderate aerobic activity such as a brisk walk can promote good health for you and your baby. If you’re not sure about which athletic activities are safe for you during pregnancy, simply ask our OBGYNs.

Whether you need to schedule your next prenatal visit or you have questions about your pregnancy, Potomac Ob Gyn, LLC in Rockville, MD, is here for everything you need.