Having regular prenatal exams is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health and the health of your baby during your pregnancy. At the Center for Women’s Health, you can meet with a dedicated expert OB/GYN who will care for you every step of your journey. For compassionate, personalized prenatal care, call or make an appointment online at any of their locations in Sugar Land, Wharton, and Richmond, Texas.
As soon as you suspect you are pregnant, schedule an appointment with your obstetrician. Even if you have confirmed your suspicion with a home pregnancy test, it is still wise to follow-up with an appointment. This will ensure that you and your baby get off to a good start. This is especially important if you have any medical problems, for instance, hypertension, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, or even if you are simply overweight.
Regular appointments with your healthcare provider throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby. In addition to medical care, prenatal care includes education on pregnancy and childbirth, counseling, and support.
The first visit is designed to confirm your pregnancy and to determine your general health. In addition, the visit will give your healthcare provider clues to any risk factors that may affect your pregnancy. It will typically be longer than future visits. The purpose of the prenatal visit is to:
You will be asked about previous pregnancies, surgeries, and medical conditions. Let your doctor know if you have had a fever, rash, or exposure to any contagious diseases.
Notify your healthcare provider about medications (prescription or over-the-counter) you are currently taking or have taken in the past six months; also notify the physician of drugs or alcohol you have used. Discussing your history of sexually transmitted diseases is also addressed since it could affect the pregnancy and mode of delivery. Take time to think about exposures you might have had to other potential toxins. Bring a list of any concerns, especially if you live or work near toxic materials. Inform your medical provider if you have received a blood transfusion in the past or if you do not accept blood products, even in emergency cases.
Ask your family about diseases that run in the family. These include hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorders, bleeding disorders, a history of blood clots, and cancer specifically breast, ovarian, uterine, and colon.
Your practitioner will ask:
Whether you, the baby’s father, or anyone in either family has a chromosomal or genetic disorder, had developmental delays, or was born with a birth defect.
Do not hesitate to ask your provider any questions you may have. Most likely, those are the questions your provider hears most often! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. Print or write them down, take them to your appointment and feel free to add your own.
To learn more about prenatal care services available, call the Center for Women’s Health or request an appointment online.