Take care of yourself and your baby with regular prenatal care
Prenatal care at Athens Obgyn is vital for you and your baby. Early and regular care allows our doctors to closely monitor the health of you and your baby, as well as your little one’s growth and development. Following our recommended schedule of visits is the best way to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy.
Prenatal care is vital for a healthy pregnancy
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, prenatal care is critical for you and your baby. Here are some of the benefits of regular care.
- Reduces the risk of complications during pregnancy
- Reduces the risk of pre-term birth
- Provides information about what is safe for you and your baby during pregnancy
- Uncovers risk factors of a high-risk pregnancy
- Prepares you for labor and delivery
Routine visits are the cornerstone of pregnancy care
Most women schedule their first prenatal care visit around seven to eight weeks. During the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, you will visit Athens Obgyn once a month. Ordinarily, our staff will weigh you, check your blood pressure and obtain a urine sample. Your physician will listen to your baby’s heartbeat and talk to you about your pregnancy symptoms. Prenatal visits are the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions.
When the third trimester begins at 28 weeks, you will schedule visits twice a month. Then, at 36 weeks, you will come for weekly visits.
Prenatal care is particularly important for high-risk pregnancies
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, prenatal appointments are vital for you and your baby. There are several reasons why your pregnancy might be considered high risk.
- Preexisting health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- Being overweight or obese
- Carrying multiple babies
- Being a teenager or over age 35
The team at Athens Obgyn has the experience and knowledge to provide excellent care if you have or develop a high-risk pregnancy.
Prenatal tests provide vital information about you and your baby
Blood tests during prenatal appointments provide our physicians with key information.
- Your blood type
- Your immunity to certain diseases
- Your health condition, including whether you are diabetic, anemic or have an STI
When you are about 36 weeks pregnant, our staff will take a swab of your vagina to determine whether group B strep (GBS) is present in your body.
Prenatal care is the beginning of parenting. Our physicians and staff dedicate themselves to the health of you and your baby during pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Contact us for an appointment at Athens Obgyn.