The Importance of Prenatal Care

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it is recommended that you get prenatal care from a certified professional. There are different women’s services you can consider to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by Getting early prenatal care.

Why do I need prenatal care?
Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care. Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.

How Often Should I Get Prenatal Care? 
Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don’t miss any — they are all important.

Obstetrician/ Gynecologist

An obstetrician is a physician who has successfully completed specialized education and training in the management of pregnancy, labor, and pueperium (the time-period directly following childbirth). A gynecologist is a physician who has a successfully completed specialized education and training in the health of the female reproductive system, including the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases. Atlanta Gynecology and Prenatal CareTypically, the education and training for both fields occurs concurrently. Thus, an obstetrician/gynecologist is a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. This includes preventative care, prenatal care, detection of sexually transmitted diseases, Pap test screening, and family planning. An obstetrician/gynecologist, commonly abbreviated as OB/GYN, can serve as a primary physician and often serve as consultants to other physicians. OB/GYNs can have private practices, work in hospital or clinic settings, and maintain teaching positions at university hospitals. OB/GYNs may also work public health and preventive medicine administration OB/GYNs have a broad base of knowledge and can vary their professional focus. Many develop unique practices, providing high-quality health care for women.

OB/GYNs Services May Include:

Acute and chronic medical conditions
Adolescent gynecology
Behavioral problems
Cancer
Endocrinology
Health maintenance during pregnancy
Infertility
Operative gynecology
Pregnancy and delivery
Preventative health
Urinary tract disorders

If you know you’re pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit as soon as possible!

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