The Importance of Prenatal Appointments

Nothing excites a woman trying to conceive like the few stripes on a pregnancy kit. The bliss is incomparable, making you feel like breaking the news to the world. However, carrying a pregnancy to term, witnessing your growing baby’s every developmental phase is not as blissful as the realization. You have to go through appointments, tests, and imaging to monitor you and your baby for health alarms. Jackson Heights pregnancy experts are the professionals to consult to walk you through your pregnancy journey from the onset of your prenatal visit to beyond delivery. They are caring, compassionate, and understand the joy motherhood brings to their patients.

The facility’s specialists will also help detect if your pregnancy is high risk and take necessary precautions to make sure you do not lose your baby or suffer pregnancy-related complications.   

What happens during your first pregnancy appointment?

Several thoughts will rush through your mind when you first realize you are pregnant. Amidst all your thoughts, you will be forced to plan for your initial prenatal visit. The visit is usually the most comprehensive and most prolonged you will likely have throughout your pregnancy. There are extensive question and answer sessions, information gathering, and tests. Your doctor will also take his time advising you on what to eat and what not to eat, the exercises you should do, and the prenatal vitamins you should take to ensure you have a smooth-sailing pregnancy.

What happens in your subsequent appointments?

After an extensive first appointment, your future appointments will be less demanding unless you have a high-risk pregnancy. On each of the future visits, your doctor will be monitoring your baby’s development and measuring your weight and abdominal girth for possible changes. He may also request a fetal ultrasound to get an insight into the baby’s development.

Other prenatal visits may include standard screening and evaluation for problems like gestational diabetes.

What if you have a high-risk pregnancy?

Before you start panicking, high-risk pregnancies are normal, and many women have their babies without complications. Having a high-risk pregnancy does not necessarily mean that your pregnancy is likely to be compromised or something terrible will happen to your unborn baby. It merely means that a particular condition will increase your chances of having complications.

By labeling your pregnancy high-risk, your gynecologist brings to your attention the possible risks for you to avoid. Most high-risk pregnancies are avoidable, and they include:

  • Genetic conditions
  • Heart problems
  • Young ladies under 17 years old or mature women above 35 getting pregnant
  • History of pregnancy complications
  • Being pregnant with more than one child
  • Abnormalities with your placenta, uterus, or cervix
  • Having health condition like polycystic ovary syndrome and epilepsy

What should you do if you have a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy, just like a high-stress pregnancy, will make you feel anxious and scared. Thus, your doctor will advise you to minimize your stress levels and embrace calming techniques like meditation or yoga to help you enjoy your pregnancy. Additionally, the gynecologist might recommend:

  • Bed rest in extreme cases
  • Change of lifestyle
  • Extra prenatal visits, tests, and ultrasounds
  • A healthy diet
  • An exercise plan or no exercise

Carrying a pregnancy to term and delivering your healthy child is blissful and magical. However, it will be traumatic if you do not have caring and compassionate professionals to hold your hand for guidance. For more of your pregnancy concerns, schedule an appointment or call the experts today.

News Reporter