Obstetrics is a medical specialty that focuses on the care of pregnant women, the health of the unborn baby, labor, and delivery, and care immediately following childbirth. Obstetric care is vital to help ensure labor and delivery without complications and in the case, that intervention is needed, that care is administered swiftly and safely. At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX, our staff can provide care to help women with their obstetrics needs.
While most women know when they need to see the gynecologist for well-woman check-ups, it’s not always known when to start seeking obstetric care. The field of Obstetrics deals with medical care for an expectant mother (otherwise known as prenatal care). However, it’s best to have your first visit with the obstetrician before you conceive. An Obstetrician can help you manage your health in preparation for pregnancy and continue that care throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
During a healthy pregnancy, you can expect to see your Obstetrician every four weeks through the 28th week of pregnancy, every two weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy, and then once a week until delivery. During your prenatal check-ups, we will take and log your weight and blood pressure. Starting at around 22 weeks, we begin measuring the size and shape of the uterus to monitor the growth of the fetus and check for normal development. Urine samples may also be taken during certain visits to check for sugar and protein.
Women who are at a high risk of developing gestational diabetes will receive a glucose screening around 12 weeks. This includes women with a family history of diabetes, women who are obese, or women who have had a baby that was above 9 lbs. at birth.
For everyone else, gestational diabetes screenings are done between weeks 24 and 28. During the gestational diabetes screening, you will be given a sugary beverage to drink and will be asked to wait for one hour before having blood drawn for a blood glucose test. If the results should show elevated sugar levels, further testing will be recommended to confirm the presence of gestational diabetes.
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, part of your obstetrics care will be learning to manage the condition. This can include modifications to your diet, a plan for exercise, and potentially daily testing and medication.
During your routine obstetric visits, you will also be monitored for other conditions such as pre-eclampsia and Rh incompatibility. While both conditions are serious, with proper prenatal care they can be managed successfully.
Proper nutrition and appropriate weight gain are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. On average, a woman who is healthy should gain about 25-35 lbs. during pregnancy, a woman who is overweight should gain about 15 – 25 lbs., and a woman who is underweight should gain about 25-40 lbs.
During your prenatal visits, your doctor will monitor your weight gain and discuss any concerns with you. While it’s advised to try and avoid gaining a lot of weight early in pregnancy, not gaining enough weight can also be a concern.
If you have questions about proper nutrition, additional calories, or vitamin intake, you can discuss them with your doctor during your visits.
When it comes to taking care of yourself during pregnancy, it’s important to stay consistent with your health care. By maintaining regular visits with your Obstetrician, you can be monitored for any health concerns, ask any questions you have about pregnancy or deliver, and ensure that you and your unborn baby are receiving the best care possible. Pregnancy is a wonderful, exciting, and often stressful time. Regular obstetric care can help minimize anxiety and support your pregnancy for a healthy mother and baby. To schedule a consultation, contact Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX at [phone2].
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.