The Importance of Obstetrical Care
By Capital Women's Care
November 15, 2019
Category: Midwifery
Tags: Obstetrical Care  

Whether you're thinking about expanding your family or are already pregnant, visiting your OB/GYN can help you and your baby remain healthy during pregnancy. Here at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, your OB/GYNs offer a range of services, including obstetrical and gynecological care—read on to learn how their services can benefit you.

Prenatal counseling

A counseling appointment focuses on any issues that would affect your ability to become or stay pregnant. You'll also receive suggestions that will help you improve your chances of conceiving. During a visit to our Rockville office, your OB/GYN will ask questions about your health history and review your medications and immunization records. They will also discuss the way lifestyle factors can affect conception/pregnancy, and they may make a few nutritional recommendations.

Obstetrical care during pregnancy

During pregnancy, you will visit your OB/GYN at regular intervals. These appointments will help your doctor monitor both your health and the baby's development. Visits offer the perfect opportunity to ask questions about your pregnancy, discuss your birth plan, and share any concerns that you may have about labor and delivery.

Every visit will include an examination, urine test, weight check, and a blood pressure measurement. During your pregnancy, your OB/GYN may recommend tests to detect gestational diabetes or chromosomal abnormalities. You'll also receive ultrasounds to monitor your baby's growth and development.

Care after your baby is born

Obstetrical care doesn't end the minute your baby is born. Follow-up care is essential and helps ensure that you're healing normally and don't have any complications related to the delivery. You'll visit your OB/GYN's office four to six weeks after the birth of your child, although you may need to schedule a visit sooner if you have any concerns or are experiencing health issues.

In addition to caring for your physical health, your doctor will also want to make sure that you aren't experiencing any post-partum depression signs. The condition can begin just a few days after giving birth and can cause anxiety, depression, sadness, crying spells, and exhaustion. Fortunately, talk therapy and anti-depressants can be very helpful in managing the symptoms.

Need care? Give us a call

Are you pregnant or wanting to start a family soon? Schedule a visit with your Rockville, MD, OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care by calling (301) 569-6301.