Regular obstetric care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao and Dr. LaQuita Martinez--your Johns Creek, Suwanee and Alpharetta, GA obstetricians--explain how your doctor manages your health from pregnancy through childbirth.
Your obstetrician identifies problems that could put your health at risk
Obstetricians monitor your health from your first visit early in your pregnancy to your last appointment before delivery. Several problems or factors can put your pregnancy at increased risk, including:
- Chronic diseases or conditions, such as anemia, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or mental illness
- A multiple pregnancy
- Complications, including low amniotic fluid, placenta previa or RH factor problems.
- Previous pregnancy problems, such as premature births, pregnancy loss or Caesarean section
- Advanced maternal age, defined as age 35 or older
- Pregnancy-related conditions, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia
Testing offers important health-related information
Your doctor will offer a variety of tests throughout your pregnancy that can help identify common conditions and diseases. Urine and blood tests are used to identify several issues, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, anemia, your Rh factor status or whether you are infected with hepatitis B or C.
Other common tests include ultrasounds to monitor your baby's growth and development and alpha-fetoprotein testing to detect neural tube defects and chromosomal abnormalities. Your obstetrician may also recommend amniocentesis, a test that evaluates the amniotic fluid or chorionic villus sampling, which tests the placental tissue. Both tests can reveal or confirm the presence of certain birth defects.
Regular visits are the key to maintaining good health during pregnancy
Keeping up with your appointment schedule will help you ensure that you remain healthy during your pregnancy. During those visits, your Johns Creek, Suwanee and Alpharetta doctor will listen to your baby's heartbeat, take abdominal measurements to determine if your baby seems to be growing normally and answer your questions.
She'll also want to know if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms or have any concerns about your pregnancy. Your obstetrician acts as your partner in managing your healthcare and relies on the information you provide to offer care recommendations.
Are you pregnant or trying to become pregnant? Give your baby the best possible start by scheduling regular visits with Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao and Dr. LaQuita Martinez--your Johns Creek, Suwanee and Alpharetta, GA obstetricians. Call them at (770) 622-9810 to make an appointment. Protect your health with regular prenatal visits!