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.
Depending on the stage of the pregnancy, physicians may also do blood tests and imaging tests, such as ultrasound exams. These visits also include discussions about your health, the fetus's health, and any questions about the pregnancy.
Getting prenatal care can help you have a healthier baby. It also lowers the risk of your baby being born too early.
What is an Obstetrician?
An obstetrician is a medical doctor who specializes in pregnancy, labor, and birth. They receive specialized education in the area of the female reproductive system and surgical care. Much of their education focuses on the detection and management of obstetrical and gynecological problems.
Choosing an Obstetrician
Lompoc Valley Medical Center maintains a comprehensive directory of highly qualified local physicians.