You may think that you only need to see the doctor when you’re getting close to your due date, and that your body is going to do everything in your pregnancy perfectly. That’s not entirely true, though. In fact, you should see a physician at around eight weeks.
Many women do not realize that seeing a doctor is important throughout your entire pregnancy, because we can help you understand how to take care of your health and your baby’s health through each trimester. We can help you avoid complications, or understand what complications you’re more susceptible to. Keep reading to learn more about prenatal care and how you can set up your baby’s health before she is even born.
Great prenatal care can help you keep yourself and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy, but it can also encourage better health for your baby after he’s born. In fact, babies of moms who did not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight.
We can identify health problems early when we see you regularly throughout your pregnancy. That means we can treat upcoming issues sooner, too. Early treatment can cure many problems and can even help you avoid certain issues and complications. We can take advantage of these regular visits to help you learn about what you can do to give your unborn babies a healthy start to life.
Prenatal visits will often include:
- Checking your blood pressure
- Checking the baby’s heart rate
- Measuring your weight gain
- Measuring your abdomen to check baby’s growth
Other diagnostic tests could be offered to you based on how old you are, your ethnicity, your personal or family health history, or the results of routine tests you have had done in the past.
We are so excited for you as you begin on your motherhood journey. If you are looking for a physician to help you along with your pregnancy, give us a call at (941) 745-5115 to schedule a consultation. We would love to help you and your little one stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.