Pregnancy Specialist

OB/GYN LTD.

OBGYNs located in Springfield, OH

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful times in your life, and you want to do everything you can to have a healthy pregnancy. The highly-skilled team at OB/GYN LTD. in Springfield, Ohio offers an array of services and support for pregnant women. For comprehensive prenatal health care, contact the office or book a consultation online.

Pregnancy

OB/GYN LTD.

When should women schedule the first prenatal appointment?

As soon as you think you’re pregnant, the providers at OB/GYN LTD. invite you to the clinic for comprehensive care for you and your baby.

At your first examination, your doctor confirms the pregnancy. Then, you have a full pelvic exam, your doctor draws blood for lab work, and they answer any questions or concerns you have about your baby’s development and the changes that will take place in your body over the coming months.

Your due date is also typically determined at your first prenatal appointment.

What does prenatal care include?

Prenatal care begins with preconception counseling and continues until your doctor delivers your baby.

At first, you schedule appointments monthly. As you get closer to your due date, you increase your office visits to twice a month and then to weekly check-ups.

At each appointment, your doctor performs an ultrasound and conducts tests to evaluate how things are going with you and your baby. You may receive tests to check for:

  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Sexually-transmitted diseases
  • Blood type
  • Rh factor
  • Genetic conditions
  • Birth defects
  • Group B strep

When can the baby’s sex be determined?

It’s something almost every pregnant mother dreams about: Knowing if they're having a boy or a girl. During one of your regular ultrasounds, just around the midway point of your pregnancy, your provider can determine your baby’s sex.

If you choose, between 16-20 weeks gestation, you can ask your doctor to reveal your baby’s sex.

What changes do women experience while they are pregnant?

Pregnancy causes vast physical and emotional changes in your body, as well as hormonal fluctuations that lead to common discomforts, such as:

  • Labored breathing
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Reflux and heartburn
  • Weight gain and bloating
  • Frequent urination or leaking
  • Leg cramps
  • Swelling
  • Stretch marks
  • Increase in breast size
  • Bleeding gums
  • Acne

Don’t worry, these conditions are temporary and resolve themselves after you deliver your baby. The exception is stretch marks, which may not go away completely. During and after birth, many women use cocoa butter to minimize the appearance of stretch marks.

For the best in high-risk and prenatal pregnancy care, as well as postpartum support, call the office at OB/GYN LTD., or book your appointment online.