Obstetrics specifically relates to the care and treatment of pregnant women, while gynecology covers women’s reproductive health. Obstetricians often also specialize in gynecology and provide care to women throughout their lives. While a woman is pregnant the obstetrician performs certain services, including:
Most women will need to see their doctor every month for the first seven months or so, then biweekly until week 36, and then once a week until the baby is born. Women who have high-risk pregnancies are seen more often. High-risk pregnancies are classified as when the health of the mother or baby is compromised and could result in higher risks during gestation or delivery. Some of the conditions that cause high-risk pregnancies include:
The prenatal evaluation and exam will include several routine health checks and tests, including blood work, obtaining weight and blood pressure, and a collection of urine samples. As the pregnancy progresses, Dr. Tabas will monitor the growth and development of the baby with ultrasounds and will regularly check the heart rate of the fetus. Once the exam is complete, expectant mothers will receive guidance on what to expect during the few weeks until their next appointment, and they'll have an opportunity to ask questions about their health and pregnancy. Prenatal checkups will take place throughout the entire course of the pregnancy, up to delivery
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