Pregnancy

One of the most significant life events that demonstrate the female body’s uniqueness and the need for specialized care is a pregnancy. Pregnancy can be an exciting and bewildering time.

Often, women of childbearing age will seek care prior to embarking on a pregnancy, a time called “preconception planning.” During this time, it is important to follow certain steps to ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy, such as abstinence from smoking and drinking, eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and rest, and taking a prenatal vitamin. Before a pregnancy, some women may also seek guidance regarding fertility and specific ways to assist with fertility.

Once you discover you are pregnant, your healthcare needs will change again. Starting from the time that you discover you are pregnant until the time you deliver your baby, you will likely be seeing your healthcare provider more frequently than you ever have before. Many evaluations will be recommended to ensure that you have a successful and healthy pregnancy.

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Prenatal Care

If you suspect you may be pregnant, schedule a visit to your obstetrician to begin prenatal care. Prenatal visits usually include a physical exam, weight checks, and providing a urine sample.

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Planning Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks, or just over 9 months, as measured from the last menstrual period to delivery. Your body will change as your baby grows during your pregnancy.

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Choose Your OBGYN

Our dedicated Obstetrician-Gynecologists (OBGYN) have delivered thousands of babies and help manage the gynecological health of our female patients across the Lompoc Valley.