Obstetrics focuses on all aspects of pregnancy, from the time you become pregnant to delivery of your little one. The physicians at South Metro OB/GYN in Englewood, CO, provide comprehensive prenatal care for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.
Prenatal care includes regular checkups, ultrasounds, diagnostic testing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your obstetrician can provide you with guidance on how to best maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a healthy and balanced diet and engaging in moderate exercise.
Several prenatal appointments will be scheduled throughout your pregnancy. These prenatal checkups allow your obstetrician to monitor your pregnancy and ensure everything is going smoothly. During a prenatal visit, the physician will check such things as your blood pressure, the baby’s heartbeat and your weight. A urine sample might also be collected at appointments to check for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
An ultrasound will be performed during two different prenatal appointments, one between 8-10 weeks and another around 20 weeks. Ultrasounds present an exciting opportunity to take a peek at your developing baby. The first ultrasound helps determine how many babies there are, as well as an approximate due date. The second ultrasound is done to check the baby’s growth and development. The sex of the baby can also be checked during this second ultrasound if desired.
In addition to traditional ultrasounds, the obstetrics department at South Metro OB/GYN also offers 4-D ultrasounds. This type of ultrasound is performed between 25-27 weeks for parents who are interested in seeing a more detailed image of their growing baby. The 4-D ultrasound is not part of standard prenatal care is generally not usually covered by insurance. This type of ultrasound is available to patients able to pay out of pocket.
At your prenatal appointments, your obstetrician can offer you dietary and exercise guidance to help you remain healthy throughout your entire pregnancy. Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet will nourish both you and your baby. Moderate exercise, such as walking, can help your body prepare for delivery. Your doctor can advise you about safe exercises you can perform during pregnancy.
When it’s time to deliver your baby, an obstetrics team of doctors and nurses will help you through labor and delivery. Your obstetrician can even help you develop a birthing plan during our prenatal appointments so that you’ll feel more prepared when the big day arrives.
Prenatal care is an important part of maintaining good health throughout pregnancy. The obstetric services provided by the physicians at South Metro OB/GYN in Englewood, CO will help you enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy.
To learn more about our services, please call our Englewood, CO office!