Prenatal care includes routine physical exams as well as blood tests, urinalysis, ultrasound exams and other care aimed at ensuring both the mother and the baby stay healthy during pregnancy and delivery. During each exam, blood pressure and weight will be measured and recorded, and urine will be tested. Measurements will be taken of the mother’s belly and the baby’s heartbeat will be listened to as the pregnancy progresses. Other exams or tests may also be ordered, and lifestyle guidance will be provided to help women have the healthiest pregnancies possible.
Prenatal exams usually take place every month until reaching the 28th week of pregnancy. Then, visits increase to every other week until week 36, when they increase to once a week until delivery.
Ultrasound exams may be performed at different times during pregnancy to evaluate the health and development of the baby. During the early months of the pregnancy, ultrasounds may be used to identify problems with the baby, to confirm the due date or to determine if more than one fetus is present. Later on, ultrasounds can be used to assess the baby’s development, determine the size and position of the baby, and to look for irregularities with the placenta or other issues that could have an impact on delivery.
High-risk pregnancies are pregnancies in which the health and well-being of the mother or baby are at risk. Some common causes of high-risk pregnancies include:
Women with high-risk pregnancies typically need to be seen more frequently during pregnancy to ensure they and their babies stay healthy.
Dr. Abha S. Gupta M.D., F.A.C.O.G. accepts most major insurances! Take a look at our list of the major insurances we accept and feel free to call us if you have any questions.