Obstetrics includes all the prenatal care you receive throughout pregnancy, during delivery, and while you recuperate after having your baby. Throughout this time, the experts at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology carefully protect the health of you and your baby with regular check-ups and routine testing. As soon as you learn you’re pregnant, call one of the offices in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Flushing, New York, or schedule an appointment online so you can start your pregnancy with exceptional obstetric care.
Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll have regularly scheduled exams, beginning with monthly appointments, then increasing to biweekly visits from weeks 28 through 36. After week 36, you’ll come in weekly until your delivery.
At each visit, your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology focuses on your overall health, weight, and blood pressure, as well as your baby’s health, growth, and heart rate. At various times throughout your pregnancy, you’ll undergo routine tests to check for health concerns such as anemia, gestational diabetes, and diseases that could pass to your baby.
A blood test routinely performed during your first trimester screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. You may also choose to get additional genetic screening if you have a family history of hereditary disease or you gave birth to a baby with a birth defect.
During your prenatal visits, you’ll have time to ask questions about any pregnancy concern you may have, from concerns about nutrition and weight gain to planning your delivery.
Your doctor may perform an ultrasound at any time if there’s a reason to suspect a problem with your baby’s development. Some women undergo an ultrasound before they reach 14 weeks to confirm their pregnancy and due date.
However, the ultrasound that moms and dads eagerly anticipate is performed between 18 and 22 weeks. By this time, an ultrasound often reveals your baby’s gender, depending on the baby’s position when the ultrasound is performed.
This second-trimester ultrasound is also a routine part of your obstetric care. During the ultrasound, your doctor evaluates your baby’s anatomy and development, as well as the health of the placenta.
A high-risk pregnancy exists when the mother and/or baby face a higher chance of developing health problems or complications. These are the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies:
Many chronic health conditions also lead to a high-risk pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or an infection. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll go in for more frequent prenatal appointments. You may also need additional diagnostic testing.
As soon as you learn you’re pregnant, or believe you may be pregnant, call Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology to schedule your prenatal care.