Learning that you’re pregnant may be one of the most life-changing moments to happen to a woman. It’s common to be excited, happy, nervous, and overwhelmed. Trusted OB/GYN doctor Dr. Adebola Falae of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy helps her patients understand what to expect during the first trimester.
While your first appointment won’t occur until about eight weeks of pregnancy, prenatal care is critical for the health of the baby and the mother. The initial appointment will include time with the doctors and nurses to provide your medical history and answer questions, blood testing, and a physical exam. Your physician will listen for the baby’s heartbeat and may perform an ultrasound to view the baby. Your following appointments will only include a weight check, urine test, and monitoring the baby. Certain tests to determine the health of the fetus and screen for disabilities will be offered during this period.
One of the most common first trimester complaints is exhaustion. Try to take time to rest when you can, turn over some of the chores or errands to your partner when possible, and say ‘no’ when it’s not critical. You won’t feel this way forever; most patients get their energy back in the second trimester.
The other common complaint of early pregnancy is morning sickness, which for many women lasts all day long. You can try to keep nausea at bay by eating small meals throughout the day; avoiding rich, greasy, or spicy foods; keeping safe foods like crackers, Jell-O, chicken soup, and ginger ale nearby, and sucking on hard candies or lollipops. You can also try taking your prenatal vitamins at night if they make your nausea worse.
To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Falae at 855-346-8610.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.