What to Expect When You’re Expecting
At Bay Area Physicians for Women, we care about your health—before, during and after your pregnancy. Our experienced doctors and nurses understand every facet of childbirth and pregnancy care, and we work with our hospital partners to make your childbirth experience the best it can be.
During your first and second trimesters (the first six months of your pregnancy), your visits to your doctor at Bay Area Physicians for Women will be scheduled about once each month in most cases. In your third trimester, you’ll visit us more often. Then, right before you give birth, we’ll see you every week until the baby is born.
Your hospital delivery will happen in a homelike setting where members of your family can visit, yet you’ll also have sophisticated medical staff and technology by your side when you need it. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, we’ll make use of special facilities that are just as convenient.
We offer one-on-one nursing during your labor and delivery. That means you’ll have a highly-trained nurse close by to answer your questions and give you all the help you need.
Patients of Bay Area Physicians for Women give birth in new birthing suites, and that’s where you’ll stay during your hospitalization. Most new moms stay two days, but those who have a Cesarean birth usually stay for three.
You can also take part in enjoyable and informative childbirth education classes that cover all aspects of the labor, delivery, and postpartum experience. The classes include a hospital tour, relaxation and massage techniques, breathing techniques and other topics.
When it’s time….
It’s not always easy to know when the baby is really coming. We recommend going to the hospital when:
- Contractions become more frequent, last longer and are more intense
- Your “water breaks” or membranes rupture
- You need to wear a pad because of vaginal bleeding
- Pain increases or changes, especially when you have a lot of abdominal pain
Some of these symptoms can also happen if you’re having early, or pre-term, labor. Other symptoms of early labor include:
- Leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina
- The sensation that the baby is pushing down
- A backache that is different from the usual backache of pregnancy
- Cramps that feel like menstrual cramps
If you go to the hospital for any of the above reasons, please go directly to the Emergency Department.
You probably have lots of questions about your pregnancy or you may need other obstetrical information. We’re here to help, so get in touch at 251-301-1145. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.