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The Importance of Prenatal Care

Now that you’re expecting a baby, Sowmya Reddy, MD, FACOG, and the team at Alpha OB GYN want to remind you how important it is that you keep up with your prenatal care check-ups.

Prenatal care involves regular health evaluations of both you and your growing baby throughout your pregnancy. The focus of the prenatal services the Alpha OB GYN team offers is to identify potential early warning signs of illness or pregnancy complications and treat them as quickly as possible.

Your prenatal care timeline

Throughout your nine-month pregnancy, you can expect to meet with the Alpha OB GYN team frequently to stay on top of your overall and gynecological health and the health of your baby.

First prenatal visit

Your first prenatal care appointment you need to schedule should happen right after you confirm your pregnancy. During this initial visit, Dr. Reddy or her nurse practitioner will spend time reviewing your health history and previous pregnancies in addition to discussing your plans for childbirth.

This first evaluation may also include:

You should also feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your pregnancy openly and honestly. The more information you can provide, the better the Alpha OB GYN  team can help you navigate your pregnancy.

Ongoing prenatal appointments

In general, you can expect to schedule a prenatal visit with Dr. Reddy or her nurse practitioner every month until you reach week 32 of your pregnancy. These monthly visits give the team the opportunity to evaluate your overall health and track the growth and development of your baby.

You may need more frequent visits if you have risk factors, like underlying medical issues, that can complicate your pregnancy. This ensures Dr. Reddy and the team can keep a close eye on your health and treat any issues as they arise.

After week 32, your prenatal visits will move to every two weeks. Once you reach week 36, you can expect to schedule a visit each week until you deliver.

What to expect from your prenatal visits

Each of your prenatal visits are vital to your pregnancy journey. At each visit, your baby’s development is carefully monitored, as is your overall health.

You can expect to undergo blood work at some visits to check your blood sugar levels for signs of pregnancy-related complications, like gestational diabetes. Dr. Reddy also offers 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging technology that allow you to see your baby before they’re born.

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to create high definition images of your baby. You will be able to see their organs, bones, and other structures as they grow. If you’re interested in learning the sex of your baby before delivery, you can do so during an ultrasound, usually between week 20 and 21.

During your ongoing prenatal visits, the Alpha OB GYN team also continues to provide resources that help you stay physically active while keeping your baby safe. They recommend any dietary changes you need to make to ensure you and your baby are getting the right nutrition.

If you need dependable, compassionate prenatal care during your pregnancy, schedule an appointment by calling Alpha OB GYN or by requesting a visit through the online booking feature.

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