Schedule a Prenatal Visit at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology
As soon as you know you are pregnant, schedule a prenatal visit at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology in Houston, TX. Prenatal care is among the most critical factors for having a healthy pregnancy. Dr. Arturo Sandoval and our team of medical professionals have extensive experience helping expecting mothers navigate the journey. We recognize it is an emotional time that includes feelings of anxiety, excitement, fear, and jubilation. Regardless of whether you have children or are expecting your first, it is crucial to begin your prenatal visits early so we can help monitor your health as well as the health of your baby. You may feel like you know the ropes because you have given birth before, but it is important to rely on our expertise for this pregnancy just as you would your first. Contact us today to learn more.
Understanding the Importance of Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is essential to monitor your baby’s health during pregnancy. After you temper your excitement following a positive home pregnancy test, call Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology to schedule your first prenatal visit. The ideal time for such a visit is between your sixth and eighth week of pregnancy, although we would be happy to see you before then to confirm your home test. Your initial prenatal visit is typically the longest. During this visit, we will perform a complete medical examination, discuss your and your partner’s medical history, and answer any questions you have about the months ahead. Your physical examination will help establish baselines that will allow us to monitor your health throughout your term. We will perform subsequent testing during your pregnancy to monitor the health of your baby.
Frequency of Prenatal Visits
Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology will assist you throughout your pregnancy, both through appointments and by being available to answer any questions that arise. We will not need to see you frequently during the beginning of your pregnancy as long as everything is going smoothly. Our team will provide recommendations regarding habits you should adopt and food you should eat, but you only need to schedule prenatal visits once per month through the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy. We will want to see you for prenatal care at our Houston office every other week between weeks 28 and 36. Finally, as your due date approaches, we will schedule weekly prenatal visits.
Knowing What to Discuss During Prenatal Visits
Prenatal visits are perfect opportunities for an exchange of information. We have helped many pregnant women through the years, so we know what to expect and how to handle any issue that arises. Let us know if you have strong feelings regarding natural childbirth or medication for pain. We can also discuss vaginal delivery as opposed to cesarean birth. We aim to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the process, so no question is off-limits. Common questions include:
- Who do I call if I have a complication after hours?
- What should I consider an emergency?
- What, if any, habits do I need to change?
- What should someone with my medical history expect?
- What are your philosophies about elective induction of labor?
- What are my pain management options?
- When, if ever, do you use fetal monitoring practices or routine IVs?
- Will you continue to assist post-delivery?
- What type of testing do you perform at prenatal visits?
Let us know all of your concerns. We will do our best to calm your nerves and serve as a reliable partner throughout your pregnancy.
Prenatal Tests to Expect at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology
Each of the tests we perform during your prenatal visits to Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology is part of your ongoing care as we monitor you and the baby. During your initial prenatal visit, we will test your blood, urine, and blood pressure, among other vital measurements. You will undergo subsequent testing, which may include ultrasounds or special blood tests, at regular intervals to help us provide exceptional prenatal care. Each test will give us a glimpse into how your baby is growing and how your body is reacting, allowing us to pinpoint any problems along the way. Additionally, we may also perform screening tests to check the likelihood of any health concerns for your baby. If we notice anything irregular, we will perform a diagnostic test to confirm or deny any problems. The tests we perform during your prenatal visits in the first trimester may include
- Carrier screening for genetic conditions
- Cell-free fetal DNA testing
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
- Early ultrasound
- First-trimester screening
During your second trimester, you can expect:
- Maternal blood screening
- Glucose screening
In the third and final trimester, prenatal tests encompass:
- Nonstress test
- Group B streptococcus infection test
- Biophysical profile
Contact Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology for a Prenatal Visit
Expecting mothers can anticipate a roller coaster of emotions throughout pregnancy. There may be trying or uncomfortable moments, but Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology provides prenatal care to help each mom-to-be remain calm, healthy, and informed. We will monitor the health of mother and child, helping to ensure a successful pregnancy and happy expanded family. Contact us today to schedule your next prenatal visit in Houston, TX.