Prenatal care is the care you receive during your pregnancy. Women who don't visit their doctor regularly during pregnancy are three times more likely to give birth to a baby with a low birth weight. With prenatal care, Dr. Siudmak can closely monitor your health as well as the development of your baby. This will allow him to identify any potential problem in its earliest stages and partner closely with you and any specialists needed to optimize your health and health of your new born.
Once you know you’re pregnant, you should make an appointment with Total Women’s Healthcare for an initial evaluation. Typically, this visit will include:
Dr. Siudmak will set aside time during this first visit to answer any questions you may have as well as discuss your role in maintaining good health. He can also make suggestions in the following areas:
Regular monitoring to track your health and the growth of the baby are the primary goals of prenatal visits. With that in mind, a typical schedule looks like this:
If you fall into a high-risk pregnancy, this schedule will likely be augmented with more visits to manage your risks. Dr. Siudmak specializes in high risk pregnancies will determine the schedule according to your individual needs.
During your prenatal visits, Dr. Siudmak will evaluate both your health as well as the baby's progress. Each visit will cover a standard check of your health by recording the following:
From there, each visit may be different in order to mark the development and progress of your baby and make sure important goals are met for each trimester. You can expect the following over the course of your prenatal visits:
During these visits, Dr. Siudmak will allow you time to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.