Getting proper prenatal care greatly increases your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby. OB/GYN Lawson Richter, MD, and his team offer comprehensive prenatal care at Compassionate Care for Women in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. The practice is one of the leading women’s health and wellness groups in the area. If you’re pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, please contact us today at (702) 471-0051 (Las Vegas) or (775) 537-1010 (Pahrump).
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is the health care you receive before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Richter and his team complete regular checkups and prenatal testing to keep you and your baby healthy and prevent complications. Attending regular prenatal checkups helps detect health issues early on before serious problems arise.
What should I expect during prenatal appointments?
The care you receive during prenatal visits depends on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Your first appointment is longer and more comprehensive than subsequent visits, and you see Dr. Richter more frequently toward the end of your pregnancy.
Comprehensive prenatal care at Compassionate Care for Women includes:
- A review of your family and health history
- Due date determination
- Blood pressure and weight checks
- Abdominal measurements to check fetal growth
- A physical examination, including a pelvic exam and Pap test
- Blood and urine tests
- Fetal ultrasounds
- A glucose tolerance test
- Fetal heart rate monitoring
- Testing for fetal abnormalities
- Question and answer sessions
Dr. Richter might complete routine blood tests to check for HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, anemia, nutrient deficiencies, thyroid problems, and more. He recommends ultrasounds periodically to check your baby’s growth and development or to screen for fetal abnormalities. If Dr. Richter suspects a pregnancy complication, he might recommend additional testing.
How often should I schedule prenatal appointments?
Dr. Richter lets you know how often to schedule prenatal appointments based on your age, health history, and how far along you are in your pregnancy. He might recommend prenatal appointments:
- Once monthly during weeks 4-28
- Two times monthly during weeks 28-36
- Weekly beginning at week 36
You may require more frequent visits if you’re older than 35 or have a high-risk pregnancy due to a medical condition.
How can I prevent pregnancy complications?
In addition to attending regular prenatal checkups, other things you can do to increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby include:
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Take prenatal vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids
- Stay active unless Dr. Richter advises against it
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, and illicit drugs
- Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- Reduce stress
Keep Dr. Richter informed about signs or symptoms of complications, such as vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, or changes in your baby’s movements.