Prenatal care is vital to ensure the best possible health for you and baby
Did you know that women who don’t receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birthweight baby?¹ This is just one of the many reasons why our Round Rock obgyns emphasize that every patient, no matter how young and/or healthy she may be, needs to see us for regular prenatal care. Regular visits to your physician bring to light any health issues you or your baby may be experiencing and position us to take care of the problem before it becomes more complicated and even dangerous.
Prenatal care starts with a comprehensive first visit
As soon as you realize you are pregnant, we encourage you to contact our Round Rock obgyns to make a prenatal appointment. During this first visit, we begin by gathering a medical history, which helps inform our physicians about any medical conditions you may have, past pregnancies or any relevant family medical history that may affect your pregnancy.
Several procedures and tests occur during this prenatal care visit. We will obtain urine and blood samples to perform tests. We check your urine for high protein levels, high sugar levels and bacteria. Your blood sample allows us to check for infectious diseases, including HIV, hepatitis and syphilis, blood type, iron levels and blood cell counts.
Our Round Rock obgyns routinely perform a pelvic exam during your first prenatal care visit to evaluate the shape and size of your uterus. They may also perform a Pap test.
Follow-up visits monitor your health and baby’s growth
On your first visit and at every subsequent visit, we check your weight and blood pressure. We recommend that you come for follow-up visits once a month through your 28th week, then two times per month from weeks 28 through 36. After week 36, we will see you weekly until you give birth.
Our Round Rock obgyns will listen to your baby’s heartbeat and, usually after the 20th week, measure your abdomen to check the baby’s growth.
During subsequent prenatal care visits, we also perform routine prenatal tests.
- Glucose challenge screening at 26 to 28 weeks to check for gestational diabetes
- Group B streptococcus test at week 36 or 37
- Routine ultrasound—usually at week 18 to 20, but this exam may be performed at any time during prenatal care
Our Round Rock obgyns have experience and expertise with high-risk pregnancies, and if we determine that you are at higher risk for complications, we will monitor you more closely.
We want every mother and baby to have a healthy pregnancy and birth, and regular prenatal care is essential. Contact us today to begin caring for yourself and your baby.