Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology
OBGYNs & Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Boca Raton, FL
When you’re expecting a child, good obstetrics care keeps you and your baby healthy, and provides you peace of mind. At Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology, experienced OB/GYN Richard Conlen, MD, offers obstetrics tailored for your needs, throughout the stages of your pregnancy. Call the Boca Raton, Florida, office or use the online scheduler now.
Obstetrics Q & A
When do I need to have my first obstetrics visit?
Your first obstetrics visit confirms your pregnancy and helps you establish a new routine for pregnancy. If you have a low-risk pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends visits at the following intervals:
- Every month until 28 weeks
- Every 2 weeks until 36 weeks
- Once a week from 36 weeks until delivery
If you have a high-risk pregnancy because of your age (over 35), your health problems, or your medical history, you'll likely need to come into Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology twice as often.
What happens during obstetrics visits?
Your prenatal visits at Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology will vary depending on how far along you are and your particular situation. In general, you can expect:
In the first trimester, from 0-13 weeks, your visits usually include a weight check, blood pressure check, urine test, uterine size evaluation, and a check of your baby's heart rate.
In the second trimester, from 14-28 weeks, you'll have all the same routine care as in the first. Additionally, you'll typically have a fetal anatomy ultrasound sometime after 16 weeks. Most women have a gestational diabetes test at 24-28 weeks.
Depending on your risk factors and age, you might have a triple screening test. This screening checks for substances that can indicate fetal anomalies, including Down syndrome. You might need other advanced tests, including amniocentesis, during this trimester.
In your third trimester, from 28-40 weeks, you'll continue with all the standard evaluations along with blood tests to look for anemia, group B streptococcus vaginal swab, and possibly another ultrasound.
You might also need a nonstress test, fetal heart rate monitoring, biophysical profile, contraction stress test, or other tests to make sure you're prepared for the smoothest possible delivery.
Your obstetrics visits may vary according to your unique situation. Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology offers everything you need for a healthy pregnancy.
What should I eat during pregnancy?
It’s more important than ever to eat healthy during pregnancy. When you’re eating fatty, high-sodium, and other unhealthy foods, your baby’s eating them, too. So, your doctor can recommend an eating plan that nourishes both of you.
Deficiencies of some micronutrients, like vitamin A, iron, and folate, can be very damaging during pregnancy, so you may need micronutrient testing, nutritional counseling, and supplements to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.
For obstetrics care from a supportive South Florida provider, call Boca Raton Obstetrics and Gynecology or click the online scheduler now.