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Pre-pregnancy Planning Specialist

Capital Women's Care -  - OBGYN

Capital Women's Care

OBGYNs & Gynecologists located in Frederick, MD & Mount Airy, MD

Planning for a pregnancy before conception ensures that the woman has everything she needs for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Women considering getting pregnant in and around the Frederick and Mount Airy Maryland area should contact the medical experts at Capital Women's Care to make a preconception appointment.

Pre-pregnancy Planning Q & A

What are the benefits of pre-pregnancy planning?

Pre-pregnancy planning allows the mother to discuss any concerns she may have with her doctor, ask questions, and make sure that she is doing everything she can to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Pre-pregnancy planning also gives the doctor an opportunity to review the patient’s medical history and draw attention to any changes she needs to make before becoming pregnant.

What happens during a pre-pregnancy planning visit?

During a pre-pregnancy planning visit, the patient expresses her desire to become pregnant. One of the doctors at Capital Women's Care examines the patient and look for any issues that may complicate a pregnancy, such as high blood pressure. If the patient is taking medication for a chronic health condition, the doctor may switch the patient to a different drug that is safer to use during pregnancy. The doctor also gives the patient a chance to ask questions about the prospect of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Before the visit ends, the doctor takes some time to discuss the odds of conception. The doctor also offers tips to help the patient maximize her chances of getting pregnant during any given cycle. Finally, the doctor will tell the patient how soon she should return if her attempts to get pregnant on her own aren’t successful.

When should a woman schedule a pre-pregnancy planning visit?

Women should schedule a pre-pregnancy planning visit when they are ready to start trying for a baby.

What can women do to encourage pregnancy?

To raise the chances of getting pregnant quickly, patients should plan to have intercourse shortly before and during ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs halfway through the menstrual cycle. To pinpoint ovulation, patients use special test strips or a fertility monitor. Patients may also be able to raise their chances of natural conception by avoiding alcohol, quitting smoking, maintaining a normal weight, and cutting back on caffeine. For some healthy couples under 35, it may take up to a year to conceive. However, the majority of couples will achieve pregnancy within 6 months. All women who are trying to get pregnant should take a prenatal vitamin every day.

Billing & Insurance

We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive. If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts. Not all providers participate with all insurance plans. We do not accept Medicaid. Don't hesitate to call if you have questions.

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