Pregnancy is among the most exciting times in a woman’s life, but it can also be one of the most dangerous if she does not receive proper prenatal care. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear an Ob/Gyn at MountainView Hospital explain that the three goals of every pregnancy are to have: A healthy baby, healthy mom and a vaginal delivery. Getting the right medical care during pregnancy can help women accomplish these goals.
Routine exams and screenings during pregnancy
Two of the reasons why you need to see a doctor during pregnancy are to have routine physical exams and health screenings. These allow your doctor to assess your overall health and determine if you have any medical conditions that might affect your pregnancy. Some of the common exams and screenings performed during pregnancy include:
- Pelvic exam
- Pap smear
- Blood pressure check
- Infectious disease screenings
- Blood type and antibody screen
- Gestational diabetes test
- Ultrasound exam
These are just a few of the health checks your doctor will perform. Other screenings may be recommended, based on your risk factors and health history.
Fetal development monitoring
Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor will carefully monitor the development of your growing baby. Ultrasound imaging exams are one essential test for fetal development monitoring. Once you begin to show, your doctor will also measure your abdomen to keep track of your baby’s growth.
Prenatal health education
Prenatal health education is important for every expecting mom—even if she’s previously had a child and even if she’s generally health-literate. When you visit your doctor, you’ll chat about your exercise habits and fitness level prior to becoming pregnant. Based on this information, and on your health history, your doctor can recommend a safe level of physical activity.
You’ll also discuss your nutrition and eating habits. During pregnancy, it’s particularly important to avoid foodborne illnesses.
Your doctor will also review your medications, over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. You may be asked to discontinue certain drugs or supplements because of the risk of harm to your baby. If so, your doctor may prescribe an alternative medicine for you.
The newly remodeled Labor and Delivery Unit at MountainView Hospital is a peaceful, family-centered wing staffed by highly trained obstetric experts. We combine state-of-the-art technology with special amenities designed to make your stay with us memorable for all the right reasons. You can call our nurse referral line at (702) 962-5021 if you have general questions about the obstetric services available at our hospital in Las Vegas.