Dr. Khan believes nothing can be as important as taking care of your health when you’re pregnant. During pregnancy, you’re not only maintaining your health, but also the health of the child growing inside you. As obstetricians, we specialize in the management of pregnancy, labor, and birth and receive specialized education in the area of the female reproductive system and surgical care. In addition, our obstetricians and gynecologists offer the most advanced surgical procedures and medical treatments available for women of all ages.
The doctors provide a range of obstetric services to make sure you and your baby remain in good condition throughout the length of your pregnancy. Among the services we provide include:
What is an OB-GYN?
‘OB-GYN’ stands for an obstetrician and gynecologist. Simply put, an OB-GYN is a physician that specializes in women’s health care. They diagnose and treat diseases that are specific to females, and provide care for women during their pregnancies.
When should I make my first appointment to see an OB-GYN?
Your first OB-GYN visit should be by the age of 21 for a pap test or sooner than that if you have other women’s health issues, like irregular periods, or you are sexually active or planning on becoming sexually active.
I’m on my period. Should I reschedule my pap smear appointment?
No; as long as you have a light flow, the test can still be done.
What is a colposcopy?
If your pap smear reveals abnormal results, a colposcopy is usually performed. During a colposcopy, a specialized piece of equipment is used to take a magnified look at the cervix, and biopsies may be taken from abnormal areas. This procedure does not require anesthesia, and is done in our office.
What is a LEEP?
LEEP stand for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. If high grade or persistently abnormal cells are found during a colposcopy, a LEEP may be done to remove these cells. LEEP can be done under local or general anesthesia.
What is laparoscopy?
In some cases minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopy, is required to diagnose and treat gynecological conditions. During a laparoscopy, an instrument with a light source is used to transmit images of the ovaries, uterus and abdominal cavity to a video monitor. We are able to perform this procedure in our office, and use it to diagnose and treat conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, hysterectomies, pelvic prolapse, infertility, urinary incontinence and uterine fibroids.
How much weight will I gain?
The amount of weight you will gain during pregnancy depends on your weight before conception. Your recommended weight gain can be determined by your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). If you were underweight with a BMI of less than 19.8, it is recommended that you gain 28 to 40 pounds during your pregnancy. If you had a normal BMI of 19.8 to 26, it is recommended that you gain 25 to 35 pounds. If you had a high BMI of 26 to 29, it is recommended that you gain 15 to 25 pounds. If you were obese prior to your pregnancy and had a BMI of more than 29, it is recommended that you gain no more than 15 pounds.
I’m a smoker. Do I need to stop while pregnant?
It is strongly recommended that you stop smoking while pregnant; it exposes your baby to harmful toxins and has many risks. It causes an increased risk of your baby being stillborn, and of you having a miscarriage. Smoking while pregnant can also cause ectopic pregnancy, low birth weight, preterm delivery, birth defects, and placental abruption.
Is it okay to exercise?
Yes; it is actually recommended. If you maintained an active lifestyle before becoming pregnant, you will likely have to modify your routine so it is less vigorous. If you weren't active before your pregnancy, light to moderate exercise is still recommended. Walking, low-impact aerobics, yoga, free weights and swimming are all safe during pregnancy.