Obstetrics is a branch of medicine that focuses on childbirth and care during pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum, you can depend on the Garden OB/GYN team to provide all the medical and emotional support you need.
During your pregnancy, you’ll have regularly scheduled check-ups. Your check-ups are monthly until you reach week 28, and then you’ll have biweekly appointments. After week 36, you’ll see your doctor weekly until your delivery. Your first visit includes an in-depth review of your medical history, a thorough pelvic exam, and routine blood work. At each visit, your provider at Garden OB/GYN checks your overall health, weight, and blood pressure, as well as your baby’s health, growth, and heart rate. At various times throughout your pregnancy, you’ll undergo blood or urine tests. These are routine lab tests to check for common pregnancy-related problems such as gestational diabetes and diseases you could pass to your baby. One of the routine blood tests performed during your first trimester screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. If you have a family history of genetic disease, you may also choose to receive additional genetic screening.
Your doctor can perform an ultrasound any time a concern arises about your baby’s development. Some patients have an early ultrasound to confirm they’re pregnant and to determine a due date. The ultrasound that all expectant parents anticipate is performed in your second trimester, around 18-22 weeks. At this stage in your baby’s development, an ultrasound may reveal the gender, if your baby is in the right position. The second-trimester ultrasound is also a routine part of your obstetric care. Your doctor uses this ultrasound to evaluate your baby’s anatomy and development.
See Pregnancy Ultrasound for more information.
A high-risk pregnancy exists when the health of you or your baby is threatened. You may become a high-risk patient due to health problems that develop as your pregnancy progresses, or you could be at risk before you get pregnant due to existing health issues.
Mothers with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure are often considered to have a high-risk pregnancy. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you can depend on the specialists at Garden OB/GYN to provide the extra care you need.
See High-Risk Pregnancy for more information.