Obstetrics

Premier OB/GYN, LLC is proud to provide complete obstetrical care. Our dedicated physicians and well-trained staff will be there for you from your initial visit to confirm your pregnancy through final delivery and postpartum visits. We know what a special time this is for you and your family.

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What is obstetrics?

Obstetrics is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and the care of women giving birth. Obstetricians are medical doctors who specialize in the management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

We have created a comprehensive program that includes:

  1.     Meeting with Premier’s Care Counselor
  2.     Pregnancy risk screening
  3.     Nutrition counseling
  4.     Lactation counseling
  5.     Tobacco cessation counseling
  6.     Gestational Diabetes counseling (if recommended by physician)
  • In-house lab services
  • Random drug screens due to zero tolerance drug policy
  • Fetal heart monitoring
  • Fetal non-stress testing
  • 3D/4D ultrasound
  • Educational classes
  • Delivery at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
  • Post-partum follow-up

When should I begin to take prenatal vitamins?

You should start taking prenatal vitamins three months prior to conception, if you are planning to get pregnant. If you just found out you are pregnant, you should begin taking them now. The most important single vitamin in the group is folic acid, which helps to prevent birth defects. That’s also why it’s a good idea to take a daily multivitamin, even if pregnancy isn’t planned. Most contain folic acid, and it will be there if you do get pregnant.

What kind of care do you give my baby while in the womb?

We will monitor your health and the health of your baby. To do so, we’ll perform routine ultrasounds, measurements, and numerous other tests. We’ll keep an eye on various conditions that could cause problems with your pregnancy or with the baby. These are things like diabetes, high blood pressure, various infections, and genetic disorders.

Beyond your baby, we’ll also help you cope with the various aspects of pregnancy, from morning sickness to back pain. We’ll answer all of your questions, and explain every step of your pregnancy and what you can expect.

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How often do I need to have appointments during my pregnancy?

We’d like to see you if you’re planning to get pregnant, so that we can get you started on prenatal vitamins and give you some advice on do’s and don’ts. Of course, once you become pregnant, we should see you pretty much as soon as you know. From there, for a typical pregnancy, we will want to see you on this schedule:

  • Weeks 4-28 — 1 prenatal visit a month
  • Weeks 28-36 — 2 prenatal visit every two weeks
  • Weeks 36-40 — 1 prenatal visit every week

When can I find out the sex of the baby during my pregnancy?

We can usually give you the sex of your baby during your midpregnancy ultrasound, which occurs between 16 and 20 weeks. To do so, however, your ultrasound technician will need to get a clear view of the baby’s genitals. That’s not always easy to do. You can also find out the sex during amniocentesis around the same time.

What testing is done during pregnancy?

The various tests we’ll perform are grouped by the phase of your pregnancy. We’ll explain the role of each test before they are performed. These are the basics. Of course, every pregnancy and pregnant woman is unique, so these tests can vary.

First trimester
  • Urine tests
  • Rh factor tests
  • Initial blood work-up
  • Pap smear
Second trimester
  • Quad screen
  • Level 2 ultrasound
  • Glucose screening
Third trimester
  • Non-stress test
  • Biophysical profile
  • Group B strep

Patient Testimonial

I am beyond grateful for coming across this practice for the birth of my son! As a first time mother, I was nervous about the whole experience; however, everyone at Premier OB/GYN was wonderful and was there for me every step of the way. Being pregnant is a very vulnerable time in a woman’s life, and Dr. Lin, Dr. Barton, and Dr. Shen were all extremely comforting, knowledgeable, and just overall friendly towards my husband and me. I knew from my first appointment I had made the right choice. Dr. Lin delivered my son via c-section, and I couldn’t have felt at more peace knowing I was in the hands of such a caring and experienced professional. Without a doubt, if I were to have another child, I wouldn’t want any other group of doctors to be a part of such a beautiful, yet challenging, time of my life. Thank you to ALL of the doctors, nurses, and helpful staff. You are by far the best around!

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

It used to be that pregnant women were told not to exercise, but that’s not the case today. Remaining physically active during pregnancy is associated with better pregnancy outcomes and it can shorten labor. Exercise now is proven to help both mom and baby. Here are a few specifics.

  • Strong core — This includes abdominal exercises, believe it or not. Strengthening your abdominal muscles and your core is fine throughout your pregnancy. Plus, this will help in labor and delivery. You’ll need to avoid exercises that you have to do on your back after your first trimester, but there are other ways we’ll show you to keep strengthening your core.
  • Running — If you like to run, that’s fine, too. Don’t push for personal best times, but running is fine.
  • Range of motion — Pay attention to range of motion, however. When pregnant, your body releases a hormone called relaxin, which helps to lubricate the joints so that labor is easier. But because your joints are more relaxed and loose, they can be easier to injure during deep muscle and joint movements. Avoid heavy lunges, squats, and similar exercises.
  • Balance and contact — After your fourth month, your balance starts to become more of a challenge. So, take that into account. Plus, higher risk sports like skiing, biking, or contact sports like soccer probably need to not be part of your pregnancy regimen.

If you would like more information on care during your pregnancy, please check our Educational Information: Obstetric Q&A Fact Sheet tab where subjects are linked to the ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) website.

Note: If you are having a problem and require medical attention, please proceed to the nearest emergency room.

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