Prenatal care should begin as soon as you suspect that you’re pregnant. Simply stated, the earlier you start caring for yourself, the healthier you and your child will be. The importance of prenatal care cannot be overstated, as your Katy obstetrician explains.
During the first visit, your obstetrician will confirm the diagnosis of pregnancy, and run some routine tests to identify any risk factors. This includes a cervical exam, pap smear, bloodwork, cervical cultures, and a general physical examination. Ultrasound scans and other diagnostics may also be performed at this time if needed.
In addition to testing, your obstetrician will inquire about your medical history, previous pregnancies, date of your last menstrual period, and any symptoms you might be experiencing. An important part of this visit is advice and discussion, especially if you haven’t seen us for preconception care. We will discuss nutrition, supplements, medication, exercise, and other steps you can take to promote a healthy pregnancy.
When you first learn that you are pregnant, your mind goes a million directions. It can be easy to forget important questions or information. In order to make the most of your prenatal visit, it is a good idea to make a list. Include any questions about your eating habits, ability to work, medical concerns, the birthing process or anything else. Similarly, bring something (a device or old-fashioned pen and paper) to make notes during the appointment. Of course, we are here for you throughout your pregnancy and beyond, so you can always call. However, these steps can help you make the most of your appointment and get off to a good start.
After the initial visit, you will need to see your obstetrician regularly to ensure that your pregnancy is progressing normally. The treatment schedule may vary, especially for women with high-risk pregnancies, which must be monitored closely. However, in most cases the prenatal care schedule includes:
If you are pregnant or planning a family, please call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine at 855-346-8610 to schedule an appointment.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.