Obstetrics Specialist

Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Dallas

OB/GYNs located in Dallas, TX

Obstetrics is a branch of medicine that concentrates on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. At Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Dallas, your obstetrician is your primary care provider during your pregnancy journey, working to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. The practice offers high-quality obstetrics services for women who are planning to conceive or are already pregnant.

Obstetrics Q & A

What happens during the first prenatal exam?

Prenatal exams provide very important information about the health of the mother and the baby. The first exam will include evaluation of the mother's health, the status of the baby usually with ultrasound, establishment of the due date, blood work, urinalysis, and any historical health information of the mother including genetic family history. Discussion of early pregnancy symptoms and management of those symptoms are discussed in detail.

What happens during the prenatal exam?

The mother will be weighed, and have her blood pressure, pulse, and urine evaluated. Vaccinations will be given if needed, and the baby's heartbeat will be recorded. A sonogram for anatomy will be ordered between 18-20 weeks of pregnancy. Additional sonograms may be performed at certain times of the pregnancy. Information about normal pregnancy symptoms is discussed along with when to call if any problems or concerns arise.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

High-risk pregnancies are those in which the health of the mother or baby requires extra attention. Additional testing or special care during the pregnancy is to assure the baby and mother stay healthy through the process. Common causes may include:

  • Older age of the mother
  • Obesity
  • Existing diabetes prior to the pregnancy or developed during the pregnancy
  • Existing high blood pressure or developed during the pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Having several previous miscarriages
  • Having more than one baby
  • Large symptomatic fibroids
  • Certain genetic disorders

How often do I need to see the obstetrician during the pregnancy?

Most women see the obstetrician every 4 weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then every week until the delivery. High-risk pregnancies may require more visits.