When In My Pregnancy Should I Start Seeing an Obstetrician?
By Capital Women's Care
May 27, 2016
Category: Obstetrician
Tags: Pregnancy  

How your Rockville obstetrician can help you.

Having a baby is one of life’s most important events, and you should do everything possible to make sure you and your baby do well. You may want to seek out a skilled obstetrician even before you decide to get pregnant; in any case, don’t delay seeing an obstetrician if Obstetricianyou are pregnant or thinking of having a baby. Your doctors at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD, having been serving patients in Montgomery County for many years, and they want you to know how your obstetrician can help you.

If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, a preconception counseling appointment might be helpful. Your doctors at Capital Women's Health can review your family history, medical history and any medications you are taking and identify any risk factors which may put you in high-risk pregnancy category. For instance, if you are 35 years or older, your age may place you in a high-risk pregnancy category.

You should take a home pregnancy test if there is a chance you might be pregnant. If your test is positive, you can start taking a prenatal vitamin and call for your first appointment with your doctors at Capital Women's Health.

When you are in your first trimester, your doctors at Capital Women's Health will perform testing and lab work to determine if you are healthy. They will also do an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and provide an initial due date. If you are in a high risk category, they may suggest genetic testing.

In the second trimester, you will have an ultrasound generally around 20 weeks to check your baby’s development and gender. You will also be screened for gestational diabetes at 24 to 28 weeks. You can find out about prenatal classes, and take care of your hospital registration too.

During your third and last trimester, you will visit your doctors at Capital Women's Health frequently. They will do a strep culture, and check your cervix as you get closer to your due date. You can discuss your delivery, anesthesia and any other issues that concern you.

You should start seeing an obstetrician as soon as you can, right after you have a positive pregnancy test. Don’t delay because you and your baby deserve to have the best treatment possible. That’s why you should call your doctors at Capital Women's Health in Rockville, MD. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, call today!