In just nine short months, your body is tasked with creating a new life, which is no small feat. To help you navigate this exciting time, Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, Tanya Ghatan, MD, and the rest of the team at Capital Women’s Care, offer comprehensive pregnancy care all the way through to delivery. If you’re in the area around Rockville, Maryland, call to set up your first appointment, or use the online scheduling tool.
A pregnancy lasts, on average, 38-40 weeks, during which time your body undergoes an incredible amount of change as you accommodate and nurture a new life inside you. In order to ensure the health of you and your baby, good prenatal care is imperative. Prenatal care is preventive in nature, and it’s designed to spot and address any issues before they turn into something more serious.
Throughout your pregnancy, your provider monitors your health and the baby’s development, making sure important milestones are met along the way. These visits also provide a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.
During your second trimester, your obstetrician performs an ultrasound, giving you the first glimpses of your baby. You can also find out the sex of your child during this ultrasound, should you wish.
Most prenatal schedules go something like this:
If you fall into the high-risk pregnancy category, you should expect to see your obstetrician more often, so that they can monitor you and your baby more closely. You may also undergo more extensive testing, such as an amniocentesis, which your obstetrician discusses with you.
The obstetricians at Capital Women’s Care offer both natural deliveries and Cesarean section, or C-section, deliveries.
If your wish is to deliver naturally, the team works with you toward that goal and does everything in their power to see it through. If, for any reason, you need a Cesarean section, rest assured that the team has extensive experience with this kind of delivery.
There are times, however, when you may need to plan on a C-section right from the start. In these cases, your obstetric team works with you to schedule the delivery at the right time, giving your baby ample time to develop fully.
To get started on your pregnancy care, call Capital Women’s Care, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.