I’m Pregnant, Do I Have To See An OB/GYN?

While a primary care physician or midwife can care for you during pregnancy and childbirth, an OB/GYN has expertise in female reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancies and childbirth are life-changing experiences that involve many physical and emotional changes, so it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in the care and guidance you receive.

Another important consideration when choosing a doctor is whether your pregnancy is considered high or low risk. The physicians at Bay Area Physicians for Women specialize in high risk obstetrics, which include diabetes during pregnancy, preterm labor, recurrent miscarriages and fetal abnormalities.

When should I see an OBGYN if I’m pregnant?

Most OB/GYNs prefer beginning prenatal care services when a woman is between 8-10 weeks pregnant. The skilled physicians at Bay Area Physicians for Women recommend contacting your OB/GYN as soon as you know you’re pregnant, so you can begin planning your first appointment and prenatal care.

However, prenatal care is still important even if you are farther along in your pregnancy. Babies of mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight and have birth complications.

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is a type of preventative health care that allows doctors, OB/GYN’s, and midwives to detect, treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the entire pregnancy. Regular prenatal care throughout your pregnancy helps detect potential concerns early and reduces the risk of pregnancy and childbirth complications to support a healthy pregnancy. This allows for early treatment when appropriate and prevents further complications.

Typical prenatal care schedule for low risk pregnancies

  • Weeks 4-28
    One prenatal care visit per month
  • Weeks 28-36
    One prenatal care visit every two weeks
  • Weeks 36-birth
    One prenatal care visit every week

If you are looking for an experienced OB/GYN near you in Mobile, Alabama, contact Bay Area Physicians. Our OB/GYN’s are board-certified and offer expert prenatal care services to help you have a healthy pregnancy. Call 251-344-5900 to schedule an appointment.