While gynecology covers women’s reproductive health over a lifetime, prenatal care and obstetrics specifically relates to the care and treatment of pregnant women and their developing babies. Obstetricians often also specialize in gynecology and provide care to women throughout their lives. While a woman is pregnant, the obstetrician performs certain prenatal care services including:
Most women are advised to see their prenatal care specialist every month for the first 7 months, then every other for the next 8 weeks, and then once a week until the baby is born. Women at higher risk for pregnancy complications often need to see their prenatal care provider more frequently. High-risk pregnancies occur when the health of the mother or baby is compromised and could result in injury or death to mother or child. Some of the conditions that cause high-risk pregnancies include:
Prenatal evaluation includes several health checks such as blood work, monitoring weight and blood pressure, and collecting urine samples. The prenatal care provider will also provide expectant mothers with advice on what to expect during the few weeks until their following appointment. The practitioners at We Care More Family Clinic encourage relationship building during these visits because the better the patient and provider know each other the better able they are to make choices and decisions for the benefit of both the mother’s health and the health of the newborn child. The providers at We Care More Family Clinic are always willing to answer questions, explain the bodily changes experienced, and to provide information about the developing baby.
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