Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Corner of N. Federal Hwy and Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Welcoming your child into the world is one of the most exciting experiences possible, but pregnancy can also be a time of anxiety and concern. Tina Mehta, DO, FACOG, and Melissa Kushlak, DO, FACOG, at Elite OB/GYN understand the turbulent mix of emotions and fears that accompany the joy of pregnancy. Providing compassionate, unrushed, personalized prenatal and pregnancy care is one of the most rewarding aspects of their practice. Schedule your appointment at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, practice today online or call to begin your journey toward a healthy delivery.
Delivery Q & A
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is essential to the health of both mother and child. Ideally, you’ll come in for a fertility care appointment prior to trying to conceive, but once you learn you’re expecting it’s important to begin prenatal care right away.
Prenatal visits provide an opportunity for you to learn how to enhance your pregnancy experience. These visits also allow your obstetrician to perform essential screenings and to evaluate your baby’s development.
Education is another important aspect of prenatal care. Your doctor works closely with you to ensure you have all the information needed to preserve both your own health and that of your newest family member.
Finally, one of the biggest rewards of prenatal care is having the guidance of a trusted medical professional as you navigate your pregnancy. Knowing you have a partner to call when something seems unusual or if you have a question about your pregnancy imparts peace of mind, which is something that’s impossible to place a value on.
What happens during prenatal care visits?
All prenatal care visits share some basic elements like collecting data on your weight, blood pressure, and other routine health information. You’ll also learn how your baby is developing and your estimated due date. At various points, you’ll provide blood and urine samples.
Your obstetrician also discusses screening options and explains which tests are best for your unique circumstances. Screenings can reveal signs of genetic abnormalities or birth defects. Some screening options include:
- Chorionic villus sampling
- Integrated screening
- Sequential screen
- Cell-free fetal DNA testing
As you progress toward your due date, your prenatal visits are shaped by your specific set of needs. If health conditions could cause complications for you or your baby, your visits will focus on managing those issues. Prenatal visits are also a great opportunity to ask questions about the delivery process and what to expect in terms of postpartum care.
Do I still need prenatal care if I am already a mother?
Every pregnancy is unique, and your prenatal care needs can shift as you age or experience health changes. Prenatal care is important for every woman and every pregnancy.
Advancements in science and medical technology also lead to new obstetric tools and approaches. Prenatal visits are your chance to take advantage of new screening tools, delivery options, and other benefits that might not have been available during your previous pregnancy.
If you’re ready to add to your family or are already pregnant, the team at Elite OB/GYN is here to help. Schedule an appointment today online or over the phone.
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