How Often Should You See a Doctor During Pregnancy?

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As an expectant mother, you want the best for your baby. You can start by scheduling a prenatal visit as early as possible in your pregnancy. Regular prenatal visits can help prevent complications that may affect you and your unborn child. These visits also give you the chance to discuss your concerns and ask questions about your changing body.

Keeping mothers and their unborn babies healthy during pregnancy is a specialty of Adebayo J. Adesomo, MD, and the staff at Houston Women’s Cosmetics. Dr. Adesomo is a board-certified OB/GYN with the expertise to help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible. Our team provides the care you need so you feel that you’re doing the best for your unborn baby, whether your pregnancy is considered normal or high-risk.

How many prenatal visits do I need?

If you’re healthy and have a pregnancy without complications, you can expect to make about 15 prenatal visits before your baby is born. The frequency of visits increases as you get closer to your due date. For most women, the schedule of doctor visits generally follows this sequence:

You may have to visit your doctor more frequently if you have any risk factors that could cause complications. For example, being age 35 or older during pregnancy or having pre-existing health problems — such as diabetes or asthma — could prompt more prenatal visits. Onset of new medical conditions during pregnancy or being at risk for giving birth prematurely also mean seeing Dr. Adesomo more often.

Why are prenatal visits so important?

Babies born to mothers who didn’t get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those of mothers who did receive care, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Babies born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces are considered low birth weight.

Having a low birth weight puts a baby at a higher risk for serious health problems at birth, and low birth weight babies are more likely to have delayed physical, motor, and social development. They’re also at a higher risk for long-term health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

The two most common causes of low birth weight are premature birth (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and fetal growth restriction (when a baby doesn’t gain enough weight before birth). Regular prenatal visits help prevent low birth weight because they allow Dr. Adesomo to monitor your baby’s growth regularly. He also monitors you for conditions such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes that could affect both you and your growing baby.

What can I expect during a prenatal visit?

A typical prenatal doctor visit includes a physical exam, along with tests specific to your stage of pregnancy and medical condition. Your visits may change as you progress in your pregnancy or develop conditions that need specific monitoring.

Each visit differs, but your appointments involve regular measurement of your height, weight, and blood pressure. You may be asked to provide a urine sample. Our team will measure your abdomen to chart growth, and a Doppler ultrasound monitors your baby’s heart rate. These regular assessments help Dr. Adesomo identify potential complications early and order more tests if necessary.

You don’t have to be pregnant to consult with Dr. Adesomo about pregnancy. The team at Houston Women’s Cosmetics provides routine gynecological services and preconception check-ups to help you prepare for pregnancy.

Whether you’re pregnant or planning for it, we can help you have the best possible pregnancy experience. Schedule an appointment online or call our office to give your baby the best start.

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