Pregnancy And Prenatal Care Specialist

Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN

OBGYNs located in Memphis, TN

If you’re trying to get pregnant or you’re already carrying a child, good prenatal care gives you and your baby the best possible start in life. In fact, women who don’t opt for prenatal care are three times more likely to have babies of low birth weight. The doctors at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN offer comprehensive pregnancy care for women in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, allowing them to concentrate on the joys of impending motherhood. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Pregnancy and Prenatal Care Q & A

Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN

Why do I need prenatal care?

The goal of prenatal care is to monitor your health and the health of your unborn baby as you both progress through pregnancy, making sure developmental markers are met.

During your prenatal visits, the doctors at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN also have the opportunity to spot and treat problems well in advance, as well as keep an eye on any pre-existing risk factors you may have.

Even if you’re perfectly healthy, problems can arise at any time, and having a trained specialist who understands your medical history is an invaluable asset.

What does prenatal care involve?

When it comes to prenatal care, the doctors at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN perform several critical functions, including:

  • Collecting your medical history
  • Recommending lifestyle changes
  • Tracking your and your baby’s health
  • Providing nutritional counseling
  • Prescribing supplements or medications
  • Performing screenings
  • Using ultrasound to track fetal development

Every mother is different and the doctors at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN provide individualized care based on your health, your lifestyle, and your goals.

How often do I need to see the doctor during pregnancy?

As soon as you learn you’re pregnant, you should make an appointment at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN so one of the doctors can perform a comprehensive physical exam, collect your medical history, and answer any questions you may have.

From there, a typical prenatal schedule goes something like this:

  • Once a month from weeks 4 to 28
  • Twice a month between weeks 28 and 36
  • Every week after week 36

If you fall into a high risk category, this schedule will likely include more visits.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

There are many reasons your pregnancy may be classified as high risk, chief among them:

  • You’re over 35
  • You’re carrying multiple babies
  • You have a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes
  • You’re obese
  • You have a history of miscarriages

While some of these parameters are more serious than others, the bottom line is that a high-risk pregnancy usually means that you’ll be seeing the doctors at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN more often for closer monitoring.

To learn more about the qualified and comprehensive prenatal care at Martin, Lee & Page OBGYN, call or book an appointment online.