Prenatal care is offered to pregnant women throughout fetal development and labor. If you are pregnant or think you could be, schedule an exam with Dr. Gandhi. The obstetrician will arrange several visits during the course of your pregnancy.
Prenatal care allows the doctor to monitor the progress of both mother and child during development. These visits can stave off unnecessary risks and allow the obstetrician to identify health issues present early on. The doctor will go over what to expect and how you can provide your unborn child with the best possible start.
All patients will receive a schedule of the exams they need. Most experts recommend that women receive an exam:
Women older than age 35 or those who have a high-risk pregnancy will need to see the obstetrician more often to ensure development and health progress as they should.
During the initial prenatal exam, expect the physician to:
During the first exam, you ask questions about any concerns related to the pregnancy and development or about any requests you have. Prenatal exams are typically shorter as the end of the pregnancy draws near. The obstetrician will appraise your health and make sure your baby is growing properly. Most prenatal exams will now include:
When you're pregnant, you also will undergo routine tests such as blood tests to look for anemia, tests which obtain blood type, HIV testing, and more. Depending on age, personal health, family history, ethnic background, and the test results, additional screenings or assessments may be required.
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