If you are pregnant or plan to conceive, then you have likely heard the word “obstetrician” at least once before. This type of doctor specializes in medical care for pregnant women. Obstetricians will help you through each stage in pregnancy as well as delivery. Their expertise also includes prenatal and postnatal care.
What Does an Obstetrician Do?
The knowledge of an obstetrician is essential to a healthy pregnancy and delivery. This type of specialist understands the complexities of high-risk pregnancies. They can perform caesareans and interventions. Our Women’s Health doctors also have trained in gynecology, so they know women’s reproductive health.
If you are considered a high-risk, then you will need to see an obstetrician more often to monitor progress. Your OB/GYN will track the baby’s growth and position and will also refer you for routine tests and check-ups. They can also prepare you for labor and the birthing process.
What Happens During My First Appointment with an Obstetrician?
Your first visit with an obstetrician is an opportunity to meet someone who will be essential to you and your baby’s health. They will do an overall health check to look for any signs that could affect your pregnancy. They will also discuss routine tests, necessary vitamins and a personalized health plan for you and your baby-to-be.
You should be prepared to ask about costs and care throughout each stage. Your obstetrician may also recommend lifestyle changes that are good for you and your child. These may include things like not drinking alcohol and not smoking.
Finding an Obstetrician
You should look for a medical professional who makes you feel comfortable and confident in their abilities. Call our all women obstetrics staff today to schedule an appointment or consultation. Contact us.