The skilled team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine will be with you through every step of this exciting and highly personal journey. Regular prenatal care starts early, even before pregnancy.
Physicians at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine may recommend increasing your daily intake of folic acid to 400 milligrams. This B vitamin found in grains is associated with a 70 percent reduction in the risk of brain and spinal birth defects.
A healthy patient is a healthy mom, so he can also discuss other ways to minimize risks to you and baby, including diabetes management, maintenance of a healthy weight, and regular exercise.
The first prenatal visit
The initial visit is usually the longest visit. Be sure to set aside plenty of time to ask questions and discuss concerns with Physicians at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine. Typically scheduled around the 8th week, the doctor may see you even earlier if there is a history of pregnancy complications, medical conditions like high blood pressure, or symptoms such as spotting or severe nausea.
Expect the first of many blood tests throughout your pregnancy. Blood count and type will be detected, along with diseases such as hepatitis B, and the Rh factor protein found in red blood cells. If the mother lacks the protein or the father has it, the pregnancy will probably require special care.
A complete physical exam includes a pelvic exam and Pap test to check for cervical cancer.
Physicians at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine generally recommend an ultrasound during the first trimester. A vital part of routine visits, a tool moved over the belly renders a picture of the developing fetus to identify potential fetal problems.