Proper prenatal care helps you and your baby achieve optimal health through pregnancy and delivery. If you live in the area of El Paso, Texas, seek out expert care during your pregnancy at Physicians for Women El Paso. If you’re pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, call the office or book an appointment online.
Prenatal, or pregnancy care, is essential to the health of both mother and baby. A woman who doesn’t receive prenatal care is more likely to have a low birthweight baby or a baby that doesn’t survive compared to mothers who do get proper care.
Prenatal care allows your doctor at Physicians for Women El Paso to identify any possible problems early, so the issues don’t endanger the baby’s health. Plus, prenatal care can prevent many complications that occur during pregnancy. Complications can include bleeding, early labor, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia.
You typically visit your doctor about once a month for the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy. The appointments increase in frequency to approximately two a month for weeks 28-36. In the last four weeks of your pregnancy, plan to check in with your doctor at Physicians for Women El Paso once a week.
If you have a higher risk pregnancy or are over the age of 35, you may be scheduled for more frequent visits.
At your first prenatal visit, your doctor at Physicians for Women El Paso conducts a thorough review of your health history and completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam. You may undergo several screenings, including a Pap test, urine tests, and blood work. Your doctor can also calculate your due date and evaluate other measures, including blood pressure and weight.
You’ll be given prenatal vitamins, which help ensure your baby gets all the necessary nutrients, especially folic acid, which helps prevent certain birth defects.
At future visits, your doctor keeps tabs on your blood pressure, tests you for gestational diabetes, answers any questions you may have, evaluates your weight gain, measures the baby’s growth, and checks the baby’s heart rate. You may also undergo prenatal testing, including ultrasounds and genetic tests.
Support your baby and yourself through the entire nine months of your pregnancy. Call Physicians for Women El Paso or use the online booking tool to schedule your prenatal care appointments.