Pregnancy stirs up a lot of emotions, from excitement to nervousness. Early and ongoing pregnancy care can help you sort through these emotions and ensure you and your baby stay healthy throughout your nine-month journey together. At Bestcare OB/GYN in Nutley, New Jersey, Michael Straker, MD, and Massiel De La Cruz, PA-C, specialize in pregnancy care, including high-risk pregnancies. For personalized, compassionate, and comprehensive pregnancy care, call the office or book an appointment online today.
You should schedule your first pregnancy care appointment as soon as you know, or think, you’re pregnant. The first prenatal exam is usually scheduled eight weeks after your last menstrual period.
However, your obstetrician at Bestcare OB/GYN may request you come in earlier if you already know your pregnancy is high risk or you’re experiencing uncomfortable pregnancy-related symptoms.
When you’re thinking about trying for a baby, the practice also offers preconception counseling to make sure your pregnancy gets off to a healthy start.
The providers at Bestcare OB/GYN create a personalized pregnancy care plan that includes prenatal and obstetrics care that matches your health and pregnancy needs, as well as your birth plan.
During your first prenatal appointment, your provider conducts a comprehensive evaluation to assess your current health and risk of developing pregnancy-related health issues.
At this appointment, you can expect your provider to:
After your first visit, your provider schedules follow-up appointments based on how far along you are and your personal health needs. The frequency of your visits increases the closer you get to your due date.
A high-risk pregnancy means you or your baby has a health issue that may affect pregnancy or delivery.
Reasons your pregnancy may be high risk include the following:
Your pregnancy specialist at Bestcare OB/GYN works closely with perinatologists and maternal fetal medicine specialists to ensure you get the well-rounded and attentive care you need for your high-risk pregnancy.
You may undergo a variety of tests during your pregnancy.
Routine pregnancy tests include:
If there are concerns about genetic conditions (Down syndrome) or congenital abnormalities, your provider may recommend an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
For compassionate, comprehensive pregnancy care, call Bestcare OB/GYN or book an appointment online today.