Getting the proper care during pregnancy is essential for keeping both the baby and the mom-to-be as healthy as possible all the way through delivery. Northwest Women’s Center provides trusted prenatal care for women in Houston, TX, offering patient-centered care based on each patient’s unique needs.
Pregnancy Q & A
What happens during a prenatal office visit?
Prenatal exams can vary slightly depending on the stage of the pregnancy and other factors. In general, exams include measurements of blood pressure and weight as well as the circumference of the growing belly. The doctor will listen to the baby’s heartbeat and urine testing may be performed. Blood work or other tests may also be ordered or performed in the office, and an ultrasound test may be performed to evaluate the baby’s size and position and other factors. Moms-to-be will receive guidance on how to stay healthy and what to expect during the following weeks of pregnancy, and there will be plenty of time to ask questions or discuss concerns.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
High-risk pregnancies are pregnancies where the health of the mother or baby may be at greater risk due to an existing medical condition or other risk factors. Some of the most risk factors associated with high-risk pregnancies include:
- older age
- drug or alcohol abuse
- diabetes or high blood pressure that exist prior to pregnancy or develop during pregnancy
- multiple prior miscarriages
- carrying multiples
- certain diseases, medications or medical treatments including some cancer treatments
- some genetic disorders
Women with high-risk pregnancies will need to be seen more often and may need additional testing to ensure they and their babies stay healthy.
Can I have a vaginal delivery after a Cesarean section?
Yes, many women are able to have vaginal births after C-sections (called a VBAC). If you’ve had a C-section and you’d like to have a vaginal delivery this time, the doctor can determine if you’re a good candidate or if C-section might be a better option.
How long does it take to recover following delivery?
Women who have vaginal deliveries typically recover more quickly than those who have had C-sections. During recovery, women can expect vaginal bleeding that needs to be controlled with pads, not tampons. Strenuous activity will need to be avoided for a week or more, and new mothers may also need some assistance performing household tasks during the first week or so after delivery. Complete instructions regarding recovery care will be provided just prior to delivery so both mother and father can be prepared.