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Prenatal Care And Delivery

Women's Healthcare Physicians of Naples

OB/GYNs located in Naples, FL

Prenatal care and delivery represent a time of extreme changes in your body, your emotions, and your life, but one thing remains reliable and steady: medical care during pregnancy and delivery by the team at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples. They consider it an honor to care for you and your baby throughout pregnancy and childbirth. You can depend on their expertise to make it the safest and most joyful experience possible. Call their offices in Naples, Florida, or schedule an appointment online for pregnancy testing or prenatal care.

Prenatal Care and Delivery Q & A

When Should You Schedule Your First Prenatal Appointment?

It’s important to schedule your first prenatal appointment as soon as you know you’re pregnant so you know you and your baby are healthy right at the start. Your first prenatal appointment is also a good time to discuss:

  • Health conditions that can affect your pregnancy and your baby, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma
  • Medications and supplements you may take to be sure they’re safe to use during pregnancy
  • Nutritional needs for a healthy baby, like folic acid and iron

What Can You Expect During Prenatal Care?

Your doctor at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples checks your baby’s growth and heart rate – and your weight and blood pressure – at every prenatal visit. Throughout your pregnancy, you receive all the recommended lab tests, including:

  • Urinalysis: Tests for diabetes, dehydration, bladder and kidney problems
  • Blood tests: Screens for gestational diabetes, anemia, infections
  • Routine tests for conditions that affect the baby: Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, rubella, syphilis, chlamydia, HIV

You schedule prenatal care appointments once a month during your first and second trimesters. Then you see your doctor every two weeks starting at week 28, and, after 36 weeks, you have weekly appointments until your baby arrives.

When Do You Get Ultrasounds?

You have a routine ultrasound around 18-22 weeks, but your doctor can order an ultrasound any time during the pregnancy. During this ultrasound, your doctor checks your baby’s heart, size, and position in the uterus. You may also learn your baby’s sex.

At Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples, you can also get 3D and 4D -- 3D in motion -- ultrasound images when you’re between 30-34 weeks. At this stage, 3D ultrasounds show your baby’s face in great detail, and your doctor can capture the images on a CD-ROM so you can share your experience with family and friends.

What Care is Provided During Delivery?

You can count on attentive and comprehensive care during delivery. You’ll be prepared because your doctor discusses with you issues like whether you want anesthesia and when it may be necessary to induce labor or have a cesarean delivery long before your due date.

The team at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples provides elective cesarean sections, so if you’re considering this option, they talk with you about the advantages and disadvantages. No matter how you want to welcome your baby into the world, you can count on their experience in both routine and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries.