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If you’ve just found out you are pregnant then you are probably getting ready to schedule your first prenatal care visit with your OBGYN. It’s important that you find an OBGYN that you trust, as they will be with you throughout your pregnancy providing care, monitoring the health of you and your baby, and offering important recommendations about your health, specific testing you should undergo and even creating your ideal birth plan.
If you aren’t dealing with a high-risk pregnancy then you won’t need to come in for prenatal care as often in the very beginning. As your pregnancy advances you’ll need to come in more regularly. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old and healthy then you’ll need to come in for prenatal care about every 4 to 6 weeks for the first 32 weeks of your pregnancy. Once you reach the 32ndweek then you’ll need to come in every 2-3 weeks until the 37thweek. From the 37thweek until delivery you will need to see your obstetrician once a week.
The first prenatal visit is often the longest one. During your first visit you can expect to provide detailed information about you and your family’s medical history. You will also undergo a thorough physical exam, as well as urine and blood tests to look for any health problems. We will also measure your height, weight, heart rate and blood pressure and perform a breast exam and pelvic exam.
If necessary, your gynecologist may also choose to perform a Pap smear, STI testing, and other screening tests (e.g. anemia; diabetes). Depending on how far along you are, an ultrasound may also be performed during your first visit to determine how far along you are and your expected due date. We may even be able to listen to the fetal heartbeat.
This checkup is also a time to ask us any questions or address any concerns you may have about your pregnancy, from what foods to avoid to what prenatal vitamins you should take. We can offer up advice to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
It’s important that you schedule your first prenatal visit as soon as you get a positive home pregnancy test. Better yet, if you are planning on becoming pregnant it’s a good idea to see your gynecologist prior to getting pregnant for pre-pregnancy care.
A miscarriage is when a pregnancy ends within the first 20 weeks of gestation, according to the American Pregnancy Association. This sense of loss is painful for women and can affect their emotional and psychological well being, in addition to the physical trauma that they're already enduring.
Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, located in Brownsville, TX, has experience when dealing with miscarriages and is here to help—read on to learn how!
More About Miscarriages
Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies also show that "10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage," according to the American Pregnancy Association.
Causes of Miscarriages:
- Hormonal problems
- An unhealthy lifestyle consisting of smoking, drug use, poor diet, too much caffeine, and radiation exposure
- Egg isn't properly implanted into the wall of the uterine lining
- Maternal trauma, such as abuse or an accident
- Blood clotting disorders
- Abnormal chromosomes
- Uterus abnormalities
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disorders
Miscarriage Warning Signs
- Back pain
- Weight loss
- White-pink mucus
- True contractions every 5-20 minutes
- Brown or bright red bleeding
- Clot-like tissue passing from the vagina
There are several things that can prevent a miscarriage. Try exercising daily and exposing yourself to sunlight for a healthy dose of vitamin D. It's also important to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Taking folic acid on a regular basis will also help your health.
Caring for Your Unborn Child
- Guard your abdomen against any physical trauma, even if the task doesn't necessarily seem dangerous.
- Don't take medicine without your Brownsville doctor's consent
- Avoid caffeine, smoking, and drinking alcohol
Need a Consultation?
If you have any questions or concerns about miscarriages, be sure to contact your Brownsville, TX, doctor by calling (956) 350-4821 today!
Find out the importance behind visiting us for routine pregnancy checkups.
Once the strip turns pink we know the rush of emotions that you’re experiencing. No matter whether this is your first child or you already have children, finding out you have a new bundle of joy on the way is exciting. Of course, once you find out you’re pregnant it’s important that you have a doctor that you can turn to along the way to make sure both you and your baby are healthy. Here in Brownsville, TX, our OBGYN Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo provides the comprehensive care you need throughout your pregnancy.
We offer routine pregnancy checkups, as well as individualized and personalized care for women who are dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Our goal as your obstetrician is to make sure that you are getting the proper prenatal care in Brownsville, TX, that you need to experience a healthy and smooth pregnancy.
To do this, the first thing you’ll need to do is schedule an appointment with us as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. During your first prenatal visit, we will go through your medical history and check your vitals (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate, etc). A urine or a blood test will be used to confirm your pregnancy. An ultrasound will allow us to see how far along you are and to determine an approximate due date.
You should have a prenatal visit about every 4 weeks. If you are a high-risk pregnancy then you may need to come in more often. Once you reach month 7, you will come in every two weeks for checkups. During the last month of your pregnancy, you’ll come in once a week.
Each checkup will allow us to monitor the health and development of your unborn baby while also performing the proper tests to make sure that if there is something going on with your health or the health of your baby that the issue is treated right away.
Some of the prenatal services we offer include:
- Routine lab testing
- Prenatal ultrasounds
- Extensive genetic consulting
- Amniocentesis testing
We also provide a variety of ways to manage your specific high-risk pregnancy no matter the cause. Factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Cervical insufficiency
- Placental issues
- Twins or multiple births
- Prior preterm delivery
- Advanced maternal age
- Pre-existing diabetes
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure (preeclampsia or hypertension)
We are also here to answer any questions you might have about your pregnancy, from you what foods you shouldn’t consume to leading a healthy lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask us anything!
Do you think you might be pregnant? Are you looking for an obstetrician who will listen to your needs and provide you with trustworthy care in Brownsville, TX? If so, call our OBGYN office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guajardo.
Congratulations! You just found out you are going to have a baby. Now what? First and foremost, it is important that you and your unborn child get the proper care you both need over the next 9 months.
Your OBGYN will be an invaluable part of your medical team, as they will be able to not only provide you with a host of good advice for a healthy pregnancy, but also they can check for health issues in both you and your unborn child that could potentially cause further and more serious complications. Turning to an OBGYN regularly is vitally important for a healthy, complication-free pregnancy.
Of course, there are also some wonderful milestones to enjoy throughout the course of your pregnancy. Here are some things to look forward to before getting to meet the new addition to your family,
Baby’s First Ultrasound
Once you find out you’re pregnant, it’s important that you visit your OBGYN to confirm the pregnancy, determine your due date and to schedule your very first ultrasound. This first ultrasound can occur as early as between 6 weeks and 9 weeks and it allows your obstetrician to check your baby’s size and heart rate, while also checking the health of the placenta and umbilical cord. This is an exciting moment for parents, as they often get to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
The End of the First Trimester
We know that saying goodbye to the first trimester is high on most pregnant women’s lists. This is because most miscarriages occur during the first trimester. This is usually around the time that expectant mothers want to announce their pregnancy to family members and friends. Plus, if you were fighting terrible morning sickness during your first trimester you may be relieved to hear that a lot of these symptoms may lessen or go away completely once you reach the second trimester.
Feeling Your Baby Kick
Most expectant mothers can’t even describe how incredible it is to experience their baby kicking for the first time. Your baby’s kick may feel more like a flutter or tickle while other women may feel a nudging sensation. At some point, you may even see an indent of an arm or leg as your stomach expands and the baby grows.
Your Child’s Gender Reveal
While some parents don’t want to know whether they are having a boy or girl until that moment in the delivery room, some couples can’t wait to find out and share the news. In fact, gender reveal parties have become a popular trend today and once you find out whether you are having a little boy or girl you may just feel that exciting urge to start decorating the baby room.
Your Due Date
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: your baby’s expected birth date. While most babies won’t show up right on schedule, you may be experiencing some warning signs that labor is soon on the way and you’ll soon get to welcome your baby into the world.
Whether you think you might be pregnant or you already took a home pregnancy test that came back positive, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your OBGYN as soon as possible. Regular prenatal visits are the best way to monitor the health of both you and your baby while also tracking the development of the fetus. These visits are important for every pregnant woman, not just women who are dealing with health issues or a high-risk pregnancy.
During your first prenatal visit, which usually occurs after your eighth week of pregnancy, we will check your vitals (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.), and run blood and urine tests to test for current infections (including STDs) and to confirm your blood type (your blood type and the father’s blood type are important for the health of your child).
An ultrasound may also be performed to determine how far along you are in the pregnancy as well as your expected due date. A physical exam, including a pelvic exam, will be conducted. Your obstetrician will also take time to talk with you about your family history and your own detailed medical history.
It’s important to provide as much information as possible about any preexisting health conditions, surgeries and previous pregnancies you’ve had. This is also a great time to ask any questions you might have regarding diet, exercise, lifestyle or managing your pregnancy symptoms (e.g. morning sickness).
If all test results come back normal and you have a healthy pregnancy then you’ll only need to see your OBGYN every month for the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy. Once you reach 28 weeks you’ll come in twice a week until you are 36 weeks into your pregnancy. From 36 weeks until the birth of your baby you’ll have weekly checkups.
During these visits, your OBGYN may also run special tests to check for gestational diabetes and other conditions, depending on your family history and age. Genetic testing can also be performed to check the health of your child and to determine if there are any genetic disorders present.
It’s important that you find an obstetrician that you can trust to provide you with compassionate and thorough care and support throughout your pregnancy.