Healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects  Stephanie J. Williams, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN with Inova Obstetrics and Gynecology in Shirlington. She delivers babies at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Today, March 3, marks World Birth Defects Day. If you plan to expand your family any time soon, now is the right…

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Sheila Khianey, MD, is a cardiologist with the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute practicing at the Inova Cardiology offices in Ashburn and Fairfax. She is board-certified in cardiology and internal medicine. The human body is a remarkable thing, especially when it comes to pregnancy. And pregnancy brings major changes. An expectant mother’s heart has to…

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Amanda Schaffer, MS, RD is a Clinical Dietitian at Inova Loudoun Hospital with more than 15 years of experience. She works with patients and families to improve their nutritional status during illnesses. Amanda’s clinical interests range from neonatal, pediatric and maternal nutrition to medical and surgical adult patients. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Did you know that many…

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Amanda Schaffer, MS, RD is a Clinical Dietitian at Inova Loudoun Hospital with more than 15 years of experience. She works with patients and families to improve their nutritional status during illnesses. Amanda’s clinical interests range from neonatal, pediatric and maternal nutrition to medical and surgical adult patients. Are you thinking about getting pregnant? Did…

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Dr. Dana Block-Abraham is a Board Certified OB/GYN and Board Eligible Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist with Perinatal Associates of Northern Virginia.  Dr. Block-Abraham serves patients at the Inova Loudoun Hospital Antenatal Testing Center.   Are you a woman who still has periods and is trying to conceive? If so, you should consider taking a daily prenatal…

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Ramata Niang, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a member of the Inova Medical Group Obstetrics and Gynecology team. She has a special interest in managing high-risk pregnancies, uterine fibroids, menopause and minimally invasive surgery.   When I was expecting my second child earlier this year, I knew exactly where I wanted…

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