An OBGYN is a primary care physician who is trained in two medical specialties: gynecology and obstetrics. Gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive system and the breasts. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Together, these two specialties center on the female reproductive organs in their pregnant and non-pregnant states.
Visiting an OBGYN is a very personal experience. As such, it’s important to find one that you are comfortable with who understands your unique medical needs. It’s best to find an OBGYN before you become pregnant because you will visit them a number of times throughout your pregnancy. You will rely on their expertise to guide you through each trimester, childbirth and the postpartum period.
How can an OBGYN help you during pregnancy?
OBGYNs are extremely important to all women, pregnant or not. They’re extremely familiar with most medical conditions and disorders that can occur during pregnancy and are skilled in treating them. Some OBGYNs sub-specialize in maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, infertility, urogynecology, or pediatric gynecology. Having a skilled physician by your side before, during and after pregnancy can benefit your health as well as the health and well-being of your baby. An OBGYN can care for you during pregnancy in the following ways:
- Conduct prenatal testing (urine, Pap, blood, etc.)
- Perform fetal monitoring (ultrasounds, kick counts, electronic fetal monitoring)
- Complete tests for birth defects and/or genetic disorders
- Provide information on any physical, mental and emotional changes you experience
- Care for you during labor and delivery
- Guide you through postpartum physical changes
- Prescribe medications as needed
- Answer any questions you have along the way
Whether you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, it’s important to get the care you need. Our board-certified Bay Area Physicians for Women staff offer expert OBGYN pregnancy services in Mobile, Alabama. Call 251-344-5900 to schedule an appointment.