Prenatal care is important for a mother and a baby’s health
Regular prenatal care with our Round Rock obgyns helps keep you and your baby healthy. Regular visits give our physicians an opportunity to detect and prevent problems. During appointments, you also have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers that help you feel more confident and comfortable during pregnancy.
Prenatal care begins at the first prenatal visit
Our Round Rock obgyns recommend that you schedule an appointment to begin prenatal care as soon as you think you are pregnant. At the first prenatal visit, you can expect the following.
- Our staff and our physicians will discuss your medical history, including your family and personal health history.
- Bloodwork and urine samples are obtained for a variety of tests.
- Our Round Rock obgyns will perform a physical and pelvic examination.
Prenatal tests are vital monitoring tools
Prenatal tests are an essential part of prenatal care. Our physicians perform several tests during the first prenatal visit. Tests include a complete blood count, blood work to determine your blood type and whether you have immunity to rubella and chicken pox, and a urinalysis. Other tests determine whether you have any sexually transmitted infections or hepatitis B.
Throughout your pregnancy, our physicians perform additional tests, including tests to check for gestational diabetes and Group B streptococcus. You will also receive routine ultrasounds.
Routine visits occur throughout your pregnancy
After the initial prenatal visit, prenatal care includes routine visits to check your weight, monitor your blood pressure, measure your abdomen and your baby’s growth, measure your baby’s heart rate and perform routine tests. For the first 28 weeks, our Round Rock obgyns recommend a visit once a month, followed by two visits per month starting at week 28 through week 36. Once you reach 36 weeks, you can expect to come to our offices once a week.
Women with high-risk pregnancies receive extra care and attention
If you have a high-risk pregnancy due to factors that existed prior to pregnancy or that developed after you conceived, prenatal care will include more frequent visits and monitoring. You may also need additional prenatal tests.
From preconception planning to labor and delivery, prenatal care matters
You can begin caring for your baby before you are pregnant by scheduling a preconception planning appointment. You will continue to receive prenatal care through labor and delivery. Our Round Rock obgyns provide expert care for mothers and babies every step of the way. For an appointment, contact us.