Obstetrics is a field of medicine that studies and treats women during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Here at WHASN Meadows, with multiple offices in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, we have a team of providers who care for women and their partners during this exciting time in their lives. We offer prenatal testing and care as well as labor and delivery support. Call our office today or reach out online to learn more about our obstetrical services.
Obstetrics and gynecology are both typically practiced by OB-GYNs. However, the two terms have different meanings. Obstetrics mainly involves treating pregnant women, including delivering their babies, while gynecology involves caring for non-pregnant women and their reproductive organs and health.
Many women start their obstetric care when they first find out they are pregnant, often through a home pregnancy test. An OB/GYN will see you routinely throughout your pregnancy, then again for labor and delivery. After the birth of your baby, your doctor will want to see you back in the office again for a postpartum check.
It’s best to start getting obstetrical care before you become pregnant. This is called preconception planning. Your doctor may prescribe you prenatal vitamins and possibly a blood test to check for genetic abnormalities. If you can’t see a doctor before pregnancy, it’s recommended to get care as soon as you find out you’re pregnant.
You’ll see your doctor every 4-6 weeks for the first 32 weeks of your pregnancy. After that, you’ll go in every 2-3 weeks between weeks 32 and 37. Then, from week 37 until delivery, you’ll go in for weekly appointments.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy with complications, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, your doctor may want to see you more often. After your baby is born, you’ll want to return to the office for a postpartum check-in after 4-6 weeks.
During your first prenatal visit, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, checking your vital signs, weight, breasts, and pelvis. They may also draw blood or urine tests to check for sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, anemia, rubella, and Hepatitis B. They’ll also ask you about your medical history and any medications you currently take.
During subsequent visits, your doctor will continue to monitor your weight and vital signs, and they’ll also listen to your baby’s heartbeat. They will feel your belly to check the baby's position and measure how much your belly is growing.
As you get closer to your due date, your doctor will talk to you about the labor and birthing process and answer any questions you may have. This is when you will discuss your personal birth plan and how you’ll be feeding your baby. If you choose to breastfeed, your doctor can give you some tips on how to prepare and may recommend you take a prenatal breastfeeding class.
If you’d like to find out more about obstetric care at WHASN Meadows, call our office or make an appointment online today.