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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.
Dr. Gabriel Guarjardo and his staff can help manage your health from pregnancy to childbirth. They provide a variety of obstetric services to help you and your baby remain healthy throughout the pregnancy. Whether you have a normal pregnancy or one that is high risk, rely on Dr. Guarjardo and his staff for all your prenatal care needs during your pregnancy in Brownsville, TX.
A variety of obstetric services are provided to help manage your pregnancy in Brownsville. Obstetric services and prenatal care includes regular checkups, diagnostic and laboratory testing, ultrasounds, genetic counseling and amniocentesis testing. Other aspects of prenatal care include advice and guidance regarding diet and exercise, as well as help developing a birth plan. These things can be discussed during your regular checkups, which include:
- Collecting a urine sample to test for signs of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or other conditions.
- Monitoring your weight throughout the pregnancy.
- Measuring the circumference of your growing belly.
- Checking your blood pressure throughout the pregnancy.
- Checking the baby’s heartbeat.
- Performing ultrasounds to establish an approximate due date and check the baby’s development.
High Risk Pregnancy Management
Some pregnancies are at high risk for complications. Dr. Guajardo and his staff are fully equipped to manage high risk pregnancies. Some reasons why your pregnancy might be considered high risk and require special care include:
- Carrying multiple babies
- Pregnancy at an older age
- History of miscarriages
- History of pre-term delivery
- Placental problems
- Cervical insufficiency
- High blood pressure
- Gestational diabetes
- Pre-existing diabetes
Managing your health from pregnancy to childbirth is important for both you and your developing baby. From laboratory testing to ultrasounds, our staff provides the highest quality comprehensive care for your and your baby throughout your pregnancy in Brownsville, TX. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Guarjardo, call the office at (956) 350-4821.