If you think you might be pregnant, congratulations! It’s also time to contact Braden Richmond, MD, at Special Care for Women for expert pregnancy care. Dr. Richmond provides personalized care throughout your pregnancy to help you and your baby stay healthy. To learn more, call the office in Anniston, Alabama, or schedule a consultation online today.
When you become pregnant, it triggers hormonal changes in your body to support the process of growing a new life. Some of the early warning signs of pregnancy include:
Every woman experiences pregnancy symptoms differently. Though your periods do stop while you’re pregnant, you may or may not have any other signs.
If you think you might be pregnant, you should take an at-home pregnancy test. If your results are negative, take a second one a few days later, just to be sure.
If you have a positive result, call Dr. Richmond at Special Care for Women to make an appointment right away. The earlier you start prenatal care, the better for your health and the health and development of your baby.
In general, you have prenatal appointments once a month for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. Then, you have biweekly appointments until week 36. After week 36, you have weekly prenatal checkups until your baby is born.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Richmond schedules more frequent appointments. Your pregnancy could be considered high risk if you’re aged 35 or older, are overweight, or have a pre-existing health issue like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Dr. Richmond specializes in expert obstetric and high-risk pregnancy care, utilizing the very latest recommendations and therapies to reduce any complications.
Dr. Richmond gives you customized advice on how to improve and protect your health while you’re pregnant. For example, if you use tobacco or drink alcohol, you should stop while you’re pregnant or nursing.
Additionally, you should make sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet.
You should also get exercise every day. Dr. Richmond can give you advice on the safest activities for each stage of pregnancy. Exercise keeps your muscles strong and supple, which can make your labor and delivery more comfortable.
Also, everyone has an opinion about what you should be doing while you’re pregnant. You know your body best, so listen to your body and your doctor.
If you have questions about staying healthy during pregnancy or what to expect as you progress toward delivery, Special Care for Women can help. For expert pregnancy care, call the practice today or make an appointment online.