Pregnancy can be both an exciting and overwhelming time, whether it is your first time or you have already given birth before. Every pregnancy is different, and getting the prenatal services and care that are right for you is the first step in a safe and healthy pregnancy. Robert W. Naef, III, MD in Jackson, MS, offers obstetrics and gynecology care for every stage of pregnancy and after delivery.
Prenatal and Pregnancy Services in Jackson, MS
The first thing you should do when you find out that you are pregnant is to schedule an OBGYN appointment. The sooner you begin your prenatal care, the better. Every stage of pregnancy is different and requires different types of screenings and tests for both you and your developing baby. Prenatal care is especially important in the first trimester.
In addition to health exams and screenings, your OBGYN will help you make a nutritional plan, and help you make any necessary lifestyle adjustments to help you stay as healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy as possible. Prenatal care also covers counseling services and helps to prepare expectant mothers and families for the different stages of pregnancy, as well as what to expect one the baby (or babies) have arrived.
If your pregnancy is considered high risk, prenatal care is even more important. Some of the factors that make a pregnancy high risk include:
- Age (teen pregnancies or women over age 35)
- Pregnant with multiples
- Being obese or underweight
- History of pregnancy complications
- Existing health conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, or high blood pressure (discuss any health issues or concerns you may have with the OBGYN as soon as possible)
In some cases, even pregnancies that are not considered high risk can become high risk, the most common causes being gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, which develop in utero. This is another reason why it is important to maintain prenatal care throughout the duration of your pregnancy.
Find an OBGYN in Jackson, MS
To learn more about prenatal care and services at every stage of pregnancy, contact our office by calling (601) 360-5651 to schedule an appointment with Robert W. Naef, III, MD in Jackson, MS today.