You just found out you’re pregnant. Congratulations! This is certainly an exciting moment. Now that you’re pregnant you’re probably focusing on all the ways that you and your unborn child can stay healthy throughout your pregnancy and delivery. One of the most important things you can do is to visit an OBGYN for regular prenatal checkups. These appointments will help your doctor monitor the baby’s growth and development while also making sure that you stay healthy.
What is a prenatal appointment?
Prenatal visits are routine checkups that you’ll have with your OBGYN throughout the course of your pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, you will see your OBGYN more regularly until you’re coming in every week for checkups (this occurs in the last few weeks of pregnancy). These checkups are important for both you and your child. The first prenatal visit should occur around the 8-week mark.
You’ll visit your OBGYN every month for the first 28 weeks, then every two weeks from the 28th to the 36th week, then weekly from the 36th week to the 40th week. We provide screenings, preventive care, and advice to pregnant women to help them maintain healthy pregnancies.
Why are prenatal appointments important?
Here are some of the reasons why pregnant women should never skip out on their prenatal appointments:
- Your OBGYN can dispense helpful advice to help maintain good health throughout your pregnancy, whether it’s advice on what you can eat (and what foods to avoid) and how to incorporate safe but effective exercises into your routine.
- These checkups also allow moms a chance to learn more about the pregnancy, delivery, and childbirth process, asking any questions they might have and having their concerns addressed by a medical professional.
- Your OBGYN can determine certain risk factors such as advanced maternal age and determine if there are additional steps you need to take or testing you should undergo to keep you and your unborn child safe.
- Your OBGYN can also spot certain health problems in the mother such as gestational diabetes and provide immediate treatment to prevent complications.
- During these checkups, your OBGYN can also spot developmental problems in the fetus early on and provide the appropriate interventions.
While you are pregnant, an OBGYN is going to be an incredible asset and tool for making sure that you have a healthy, safe pregnancy. If you just got a positive pregnancy test, call your OBGYN to schedule your first prenatal visit.