As an expectant mother, you wish to have the healthiest pregnancy. Because a healthy pregnancy means a healthy baby, what could be more rewarding than that? Ms. Valerie Calzada San Antonio offers OB-GYN services alongside other treatments to help you throughout your pregnancy.
What is pregnancy care?
Pregnancy care involves the regular visits you may have to maintain to your OB/GYN to monitor the development, condition, and behavior of your unborn child. You may need prenatal visits so that your doctor can detect any signs of pregnancy complications or health issues that may affect your pregnancy. Pregnancy care aims to ensure that you have a safe pregnancy and delivery throughout your pregnancy. If you experience any discomfort during your pregnancy, you may need a prenatal visit to help take care of you and give you ways to ease the discomfort.
What are the benefits of pregnancy care?
You may experience the following benefits from prenatal care:
- Reduced complications during pregnancy
- Lower risk of congenital disabilities
- Proper adequate information
- Improved wellness for you and your baby
- Reduced risk of low birth weights and preterm birth
Regular prenatal visits are essential to help rule out the possibility of serious complications that may arise later in your pregnancy. It would be best to go for these visits if you want a healthy pregnancy and delivery process.
What tests can you get during a prenatal visit?
Your service provider may do several tests on you during your pregnancy. The tests may include:
Blood pressure tests
This test checks for preeclampsia which is a hypertension problem that may occur during your pregnancy, especially in the 20th week.
Your service provider may do a urine test to check for any signs of an infection in your kidney. This urine test checks for protein and sugar levels in your urine to help reduce the risk of preterm death.
Your doctor may do blood tests to check for infections, including HIV. This test may also determine your rhesus factor and blood type to check for anemia. If there is any issue, your doctor may treat it early enough.
Your doctor may do a pap smear to check for any changes in your cervix or your cervical cells to detect any abnormalities.
Your doctor may also conduct a physical pelvic exam to check the size of your womb.
You may also have other tests, including:
- Ultrasound to check for any defects
- Quad screen
- Glucose screening
When should you start pregnancy care appointments?
You can begin your pregnancy care visits as soon as you know you are pregnant. You may as well start the visits before you get pregnant if you have any health concerns you may wish to raise to your OB/GYN. Afterward, you can visit depending on how many appointments your service provider recommends. You may need more regular visits if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Get your pregnancy care visits at LUNA MED SPA & WASHINGTON OB-GYN, P.A. today or request your appointment online.