Pregnancy & High-Risk Pregnancy Doctors in Dayton, OH
Do I need an Ob/Gyn when I am pregnant?
Because an Ob/Gyn specializes in all things related to pregnancy, having an Ob/Gyn when you are pregnant is beneficial. From confirming your pregnancy to helping you with postpartum management, an Ob/Gyn is someone who will be there for you and your baby every step of the way.
When you should see an Ob/Gyn about pregnancy
You should see an Ob/Gyn if you are planning to become pregnant, believe you may be pregnant and would like medical confirmation, or if you are currently pregnant.
What can I expect during the first pregnancy visit?
What your Ob/Gyn does during your first pregnancy visit will depend on your reason for visiting:
- Planning your pregnancy – your doctor will complete what is known as a preconception care checkup. A preconception checkup allows your doctor to identify anything that may impact you or your baby during pregnancy.
- Confirming your pregnancy – if you have taken an at-home pregnancy test, but would prefer medical verification, you can schedule a confirmation-of-pregnancy appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will perform a blood test to confirm your pregnancy.
- Prenatal visit – if you know you are pregnant, your first Ob/Gyn visit will be a prenatal visit. During a prenatal visit, your doctor may:
- Ask about your medical history
- Perform a physical
- Perform a pap smear
- Perform an ultrasound
- Obtain blood samples for testing
The prenatal visit is also your chance to share any questions or concerns you may have. Questions you may want to ask on your first pregnancy visit include:
- Who can I call if I have questions?
- Do I need to change any habits?
- When should I schedule my next prenatal visit?
- Is there any additional testing I should have done?
- Who do I call if I notice bleeding or cramping?
What you should expect during your pregnancy
During your pregnancy, you can expect many changes to occur as your body makes adjustments for two. Changes can include physical and emotional symptoms, such as:
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Frequent urination
- Change in food preferences
- Mood swings
What does high-risk pregnancy mean?
High-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy where the life of the mother or fetus is in danger. You may have pre-existing conditions that make you susceptible to a high-risk pregnancy right from the start, or your pregnancy can start off normal and become high-risk later.
The potential causes of high-risk pregnancy
Pre-existing conditions, genetic traits, or personal habits, may make you more vulnerable to a high-risk pregnancy. New conditions may also arise as a result of your pregnancy, which can then lead to a high-risk pregnancy. Reasons for high-risk pregnancy can include:
- Multiple previous births
- Lifestyle choices
- Pre-existing conditions
- High blood pressure
- Lung conditions
- Kidney conditions
- Autoimmune diseases
- Sexually transmitted diseases
What are the signs that I may experience a high-risk pregnancy?
Whether you are having your first child or if you have been pregnant before, it is important to pay attention to your body for symptoms of a high-risk pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you experience any of the following symptoms during your pregnancy:
- Loss of consciousness
- Vaginal bleeding or fluid leaking
- Extreme belly or pelvic pain
- Ongoing back or pelvic pressure
- Feeling that your baby is not moving or as active as usual
- Swollen hands, feet, or face
- Changes in vision
- Severe headaches
How to know if I am considered a high-risk pregnancy
To determine if your pregnancy is considered high-risk, your doctor will need to run various tests and assessments. Screening for a high-risk pregnancy is important because it helps your doctor prepare you for the type of pregnancy you will have.
Along with the tests that your doctor will perform, you also play an essential role in helping your doctor assess your pregnancy. Sharing your medical background can help your doctor recognize any hidden factors that may put your pregnancy at risk. As you continue along in your pregnancy, let your doctor know of any changes in your health or personal habits. Your doctor will determine whether the changes may impact your pregnancy.
If at any point, your doctor determines that your pregnancy is high-risk, extra prenatal visits and self-care will be needed for you and your baby. Some tips for managing a high-risk pregnancy, include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet and appropriate weight
- Scheduling prenatal visits to check on you and your baby
- Engaging in relaxing activities to reduce anxiety
How often should an ultrasound be done in a high risk pregnancy?
Except in the most extreme situations, the range is between once weekly to monthly. Healthy, low risk pregnancies may need as few as two-three ultrasounds in total.
If you are planning to become pregnant, believe you may be pregnant and would like medical confirmation, or if you are currently pregnant, schedule an appointment today with an Ob/Gyn specialist at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn. With specialized care and cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology, Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn offers a wide variety of gynecologic and obstetric services from leaders in Ob/Gyn research development. Call 937.771.5100 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.