Everything You Should Know About Prenatal Care

Having an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy newborn is the dream of every parent-to-be. Getting regular prenatal care throughout your pregnancy is the best way to ensure you and your baby stay healthy — not just during pregnancy, but afterward, too.

At Dekalb Women’s Specialists, our team of skilled, compassionate obstetricians offers prenatal care customized for each pregnancy, so you can feel confident your needs — and your baby’s — are prioritized. With locations in Decatur, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, we make it easy to get state-of-the-art prenatal care at every stage of pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, here’s how our team can help you and your baby stay healthy.

Benefits of prenatal care

About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, according to the CDC, and about 75% of expectant moms begin prenatal care early in the course of their pregnancy — sometimes during the first trimester. But alarmingly, because about 15% of pregnant women get inadequate care during pregnancy, they and their babies are at risk for some serious and potentially life-threatening complications, including:

Prenatal care uses initial testing and ongoing assessments to monitor your health and your baby’s health, so your care can be tailored to your specific health needs.

Prenatal visits: What to expect

The changes you and your baby experience during pregnancy can vary — a lot — during that nine-month period. It makes sense that your prenatal care — what happens during your office visits — can also vary, depending on what trimester you’re in, your health, your baby's development, and other factors. Overall, your visits can include:

Ideally, you should have prenatal visits every month for the first seven months (28 weeks) of pregnancy, then every two weeks through week 36. From that point on, you’ll visit at least once a week until delivery. 

You might need to visit us more often if you have a high-risk pregnancy or other issues that require more frequent monitoring. Try hard not to skip a visit — but if you must, call the office right away to reschedule it as soon as possible.

Give your baby a healthy start

Prenatal visits help you stay healthy, and they give your baby a good start on a healthy life, too. If you’re pregnant, your prenatal visits should begin as early in your pregnancy as possible. To schedule your prenatal visit with our team, call Dekalb Women’s Specialists or use our online form and request an appointment today.

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