Whether you’re thinking of becoming pregnant or you’re already expecting, Dr. Darshna Chandrasekhara at Gateway OB/GYN in Irving, Texas, offers her medical expertise and compassion to guide you along your pregnancy journey. Having a dedicated team of healthcare professionals can make all the difference. Call Dr. Chandrasekhara at Gateway OB/GYN today or schedule an appointment online.
First, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Chandrasekhara so she can assess your overall health and determine an appointment schedule to closely monitor your pregnancy. She will get you started on prenatal vitamins, including folic acid. Excellent prenatal care is even more important for women with high-risk pregnancies.
If you’re considering becoming pregnant, Dr. Chandrasekhara recommends scheduling an appointment for a pre-pregnancy healthcare check-up.
Having a high-risk pregnancy means that you and your baby need extra care and monitoring to help you have a healthy and successful pregnancy. This includes more ultrasounds, tests, and office visits than women without high-risk pregnancy. A high-risk pregnancy can present challenges before, during, and after your pregnancy. In some cases, women with high-risk pregnancy may need to have a Caesarean section or be induced for labor.
Pre-existing medical conditions or a condition that develops during pregnancy that affects you or your baby can lead to a high-risk pregnancy. Factors that increase your chance of having a high-risk pregnancy include:
A healthy pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks. This is counted from the first day of your last menstrual period, which is about two weeks before conception actually occurs. The process of pregnancy is divided into three trimesters. Each of these periods lasts between 12 and 13 weeks. Your body experiences different changes throughout each trimester.
From family planning and conception to delivery and postnatal care, Dr. Chandrasekhara and the staff at Gateway OB/GYN are here to support you through every step of your pregnancy. Call Dr. Chandrasekhara today or schedule an appointment online.