State-of-the-art obgyn care for pregnancy in a warm, welcoming environment in Katy, Texas
Almost 300 of the state’s 1,500 obstetricians and gynecologists are concentrated in the Houston area. That is one of the great things about living in one of the most populous areas of the country. You have choices for providers that you can entrust with your health and the health of your growing baby. When choosing an Obgyn for pregnancy in Katy Texas and West Houston, at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, we are confident that you will be comfortable with our warm, welcoming staff and surroundings.
Our team of physicians, Drs Taryll L. Jenkins, Adebola Falae, and Stephanie Roy, as well as our Nurse Practitioner, Nadia Alexander, are bilingual. Drs Jenkins and Falae have also attained board certification from the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, which means they have demonstrated specialized knowledge and skills for the medical and surgical care of women through training (residency) and Qualifying and Certifying written and oral exams. Dr. Roy is Board-eligible, while Nadia is a Board-certified NP. When combined with our state-of-the-art, technology-assisted diagnostics and treatment options, this technical expertise provides peace of mind to expectant mothers and their families.
What to expect: The first trimester
Generally, the first (and longest) visit will be scheduled for around the eighth week, though we may want to see you earlier if you have risks such as pre-existing hypertension. During your visit, we will discuss medical history –those lifestyle and other factors that can affect your health during pregnancy and the health of your child. We will conduct a thorough exam, and lab tests will be ordered to measure things like the hemoglobin in your blood and exposure to infections. Screening tests can also provide valuable information about genetic, fetal conditions (such as Down Syndrome). A vital piece of first-trimester care is discussing exercise, diet, dental and periodontal care, and other lifestyle considerations that can help or hinder your pregnancy. It’s not uncommon to feel nauseous, puffy, swollen, and tired early in pregnancy, though these symptoms (and when they appear) vary considerably from woman to woman.
What to expect: The second trimester
Patients generally will continue to visit us every month. During these visits, our doctors will check that your baby is developing properly. They will monitor the baby’s heartbeat and movement. By around weeks No. 18 to 20, you may notice flutters or kicks. Various screenings and tests may also be conducted, such as blood tests to screen for genetic or chromosomal conditions. A fetal ultrasound helps to evaluate your baby’s anatomy and determine sex. Blood tests can also evaluate your blood count and iron levels (for anemia) and screen for conditions that commonly develop during pregnancy, like gestational diabetes. During this time, nausea may ease, and your belly may become more pronounced.
What to expect: The third trimester
After week No. 28, we will see you every other week instead of each month. During these visits, we will be asking about and monitoring for symptoms such as bleeding. And pay close attention to your blood pressure, weight, and your baby’s heartbeat and motion. We will discuss vaccinations that you may need and expect to be screened for a common type of bacteria (group B strep) that can harm babies exposed to it during vaginal births. Your doctor will also confirm that baby is positioned headfirst. Physical manipulation may be needed if your baby doesn’t reposition himself or herself after the 36th week.
The closer you get to the big day, we are sure you will have lots of excitement, as well as concerns and questions. You cannot overshare, and we welcome putting you at ease and assuring your baby enters this world in the happiest, healthiest way possible. So, we will also see you more frequently (every week) during the ninth month and until delivery.
You are one-of-a-kind. So, there is no pregnancy like yours. We are privileged to help you navigate this joyous, special journey. Call 855 346 8610 to schedule your consultation in Katy or West Houston with one of our specialists.