Pregnancy care and When should I see an OBGYN?
You just found out you are expecting! Congratulations! Your new pregnancy may have many questions racing through your mind. If you have been searching for an OBGYN in Chicago, Illinois, the physicians at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. offer specialized OBGYN services to help ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.
What to do after your pregnancy test
Whether you missed a period, had a positive home pregnancy test, or just have a hunch, schedule an appointment with an OBGYN. Prenatal appointments are scheduled throughout each trimester to monitor your health and progress and allow you to discuss questions and concerns with your OBGYN. The medical team takes your vitals, measures your abdomen to check your baby’s growth, and listens to your baby’s heartbeat. Appointments are initially scheduled every four weeks, which are then scheduled closer together during the final trimester.
The importance of choosing a good OBGYN
Quality prenatal care is crucial throughout your pregnancy. Without proper care during pregnancy, your baby may likely have a low birth weight or health issues. Your OBGYN will monitor your and your baby’s health to address any issues that may come up as early as possible. Many problems can be treated and prevented through routine prenatal care.
Additionally, your OBGYN will discuss essential habits to follow to ensure your baby has a healthy start, which includes:
- Taking prenatal vitamins – Whether you take prescription or over-the-counter vitamins, make sure it has 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid. Folic acid is necessary for brain and spinal cord development.
- Eating a well-balanced diet – Choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Getting enough iron and calcium are also essential but avoid foods that are high in mercury.
- Drinking plenty of water – Water helps improve digestion and helps the amniotic fluid to form. Try to drink eight glasses per day.
- Avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and drugs – These substances can cause long-term damage to your baby.
To schedule an appointment with one of our OBGYN specialists, call Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. in Chicago, IL, today at 312-440-9400.