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What To Do After You Get A Positive Pregnancy Test

Surprise, you’re pregnant! If this truly is a surprise, stay calm, talk with your partner and consider all your options. The truth is no one can tell you exactly what to do after you get a positive pregnancy test. You might be thrilled to begin or increase your family, be upset because it’s a surprise and it’s not part of your plans, or you may have emotions somewhere in between. However you react, here are some guidelines.

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Pregnancy and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Effective in Pregnant, Lactating Women, Research Shows

According to a study published Thursday, March 25th in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19COVID-19 Vaccine vaccines are effective in pregnant and lactating women, who can pass protective antibodies to newborns”. In said study, researchers “looked at 131 women who received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna Covid-19” and found that “the vaccine-induced antibody levels were equivalent in pregnant and lactating women, compared to non-pregnant women”.

They also found that “the antibody levels were ‘strikingly higher’ than those resulting from coronavirus infection during pregnancy”. The study “also found the mons’ antibodies were present in their umbilical cord blood and breast milk, suggesting they pass on immunity to their babies”.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update from ACOG and Maternal-Fetal Medicine

ACOG and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine are Recommending Pregnant Women Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

ACOG and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine are aware of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to withhold covid-19 vaccineCOVID-19 vaccines from pregnant individuals unless they are at high risk of exposure. ACOG and SMFM continue to stress that both COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who choose to receive the vaccine. ACOG and SMFM’s current guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant patients remains in place. Read the full statement.

Lifestyle Changes To Make For A Healthy Pregnancy

Your dream of having a family if finally coming true. You are a smart and healthy woman, and know clearly what you should avoid during pregnancy like smoking, drinking, and illegal drugs. At the same time, now would be a good time to review some other lifestyle changes to make for a healthy pregnancy.

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Study Finds That Menopause Can Make Workplace Tougher for Women

A new study has found that menopause symptoms can interfere with women’s jobs. Symptoms have shown to affect work performance and increase work older woman stressed at workrelated stress. Read the full study here.

If you suspect that your menopause symptoms may be impacting work or your everyday life, contact Capital Women’s Care today. Our board-certifed OBGYNs have extensive experience providing care to women experiencing symptoms of menopause. Call (301) 681-9101 to schedule an appointment at our office in Rockville or Silver Spring Maryland today!

Serious Conditions That Are Often Mistaken For PMS

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS describes a variety of symptoms that occur a week or so before the onset of a woman’s period. Many women have tender breasts, become moody or irritable, and experience bloating and a number of other symptoms to some degree. Any symptom of PMS can vary from mild to severe and women may think they are all normal. This is not necessarily true because there are some serious conditions that are often mistaken for PMS.

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Three Capital Women’s Care Physicians Named Washingtonian Top Doctor 2020

We would like to congratulate three of our physicians for being named Top Doctor by the Washingtonian. These three physicians possess the characteristics and skills that help drive Capital Women’s Care and distinguish us as one of the leading practices in the Washington, DC area.

The 2020 Top Doctors list was published in Washingtonian’s November issue. The doctors were identified by a survey of more than 13,500 locally practicing physicians asking which of their peers they trusted most with their patients.

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Darryn Band, MD
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Darryn Band, MD

Dr. Band received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, then attended medical school at the University of Maryland. His residency was at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and returned home to begin working in obstetrics and gynecology, following in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Band is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Randy Lizardo, MD
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Randy Lizardo, MD

Dr. Lizardo has been accredited as a Master Surgeon in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the internationally recognized Surgical Review Corporation and a Certified Surgeon of The Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He is currently licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia and provides surgical services in multiple facilities. He is referred patients from across the DMV and has been consistently recognized by his peers as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Doc.

Heather Sine, MD
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Heather Sine, MD

Dr. Sine completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland, and medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., then traveled to the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston for her residency. During her years in medical school, she worked as a medical assistant for an established OB/GYN, and watched how his compassionate patient encounters led to his personal happiness. From this she took her own ability to talk with patients and help alleviate anxieties as well as being there while they make difficult decisions.


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