Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology Answers Pregnancy Care FAQs
Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology provides exceptional pregnancy care for expecting mothers in Houston, TX. Our team of medical professionals, led by Dr. Arturo Sandoval, has extensive experience dealing with pregnancy and can help keep you comfortable and healthy throughout your term. Whether this is your first pregnancy or you are already a proud mother, let our team help guide you during such an exciting, hectic time. We will assist you from your first prenatal appointment through the birth of your newest family member, delivering unmatched pregnancy care in the process. Contact us with any questions you may have about the journey. Answers to some of the frequently asked questions about pregnancy care that we hear at our Houston office are also below.
What should I expect in the first month of pregnancy?
The first month of your pregnancy is a critical time during which you may not notice any significant changes to your body but can rest assured they are happening beneath the surface. Though physical changes may not be obvious, you will surely recognize some signs and symptoms of your pregnancy. They include:
- Mood changes – Due to a drastic rise in hormone levels, you are prone to feeling more emotional than you typically would.
- Cramps – In the first few weeks of pregnancy, you may experience light uterine cramping.
- Spotting – Light spotting, also called implantation bleeding, may occur when the fertilized egg implants itself in your uterine lining.
- Frequent urination – Because of an increase in blood when you become pregnant, your kidneys must work harder to process the extra fluid, which ends up in your bladder.
- Sore breasts – Sensitive breasts are common early, but the tenderness may subside after your body acclimates to its hormonal changes.
- Fatigue – Many mothers-to-be feel more tired than usual, often as a result of the hormone progesterone.
Because your embryo is developing, it is critical that you carefully consider your habits related to health and nutrition. You should speak to your healthcare provider or OBGYN at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology to begin a multivitamin supplement regimen to ensure you and your unborn child are receiving all of the necessary nutrients. Growth and development will only accelerate in the month ahead, as internal organs, bones, and limbs begin to form.
When should I visit a doctor about my pregnancy?
You should schedule your first prenatal appointment as soon as you have a positive home pregnancy test. It is crucial to seek exceptional pregnancy care at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology to ensure the health of you and your baby. We will schedule your first prenatal appointment during the second month of your pregnancy, ideally between week six and week eight. Your first appointment will likely be the longest because our staff will perform a full medical examination, inquire about your medical history and that of your partner, and put you through a battery of other routine tests.
How often should I see my doctor during pregnancy?
The team at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology will provide pregnancy care throughout your term, but visits can be sparse during the first and second trimesters. During your first prenatal visit, we will calculate your due date and outline a schedule of routine appointments. We will expect to see you once a month for the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy. From 28 weeks until 36 weeks, we will increase the frequency to every other week. Finally, we will plan on seeing you every week after that until your baby arrives.
What is prenatal testing?
You will undergo a series of prenatal tests at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology so that our medical professionals can ensure proper pregnancy care. Among the prenatal tests that we will regularly perform during your pregnancy are blood pressure checks and urine tests. Other tests, such as ultrasounds or special blood tests, will be performed at specific times or if certain problems arise. Furthermore, your pregnancy care will include prenatal tests that check for birth defects or genetic and chromosomal conditions. Screening tests will determine if your baby is more likely than others to have a health condition, while diagnostic tests will confirm or deny any conditions. You can expect the following tests in your first trimester:
- Carrier screening for genetic conditions
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
- Cell-free fetal DNA testing
- Early ultrasound
- First-trimester screening
Tests you will undergo in the second trimester include:
- Maternal blood screening
- Glucose screening
Why do I need prenatal care?
A healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to guarantee a healthy birth and baby. The pregnancy care we offer at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology helps ensure you do not experience any problems. We will monitor you closely to treat or prevent any issues before they affect your pregnancy. Effective pregnancy care can help prevent low birth weight, reduce the risk of complications, and make sure you are practicing healthy habits.
Contact Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology for Pregnancy Care
Pregnancy care is vital to the health of you and your unborn baby, and Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology is proud to provide it for expecting mothers in and around Houston, TX. We will help you understand what to expect during each month, meet with you regularly to check on your health and the baby’s growth, and oversee prenatal testing to monitor any potential complications. Contact us as soon as you learn you are pregnant so that we may begin pregnancy care immediately.