Why is it important to seek early pregnancy care ?
Having a child seems to accelerate the pace of your life. Seeing an obstetrician for early pregnancy care is critical to the health of both you and your baby.
It is crucial to find an obstetrician you feel comfortable with since they are a resource throughout your pregnancy. It may take a few consultations to find the right match, so the sooner you begin, the better.
It is also important to begin taking prenatal vitamins when you learn you are pregnant. These specially-formulated vitamins contain the right amount of folic acid, which is instrumental in reducing the risk of congenital disabilities.
Seeing Dr. Lalezary in the first stage of your pregnancy also allows you to share your medical history, which can help guide the care you need during pregnancy.
What is a fetal ultrasound, and should I have one ?
A fetal ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create an image of your baby. The test is safe and painless and gives your doctor an idea of how your pregnancy is progressing.
During the test, Dr. Lalezary asks you to lie on your back while he applies a clear gel to your abdomen. He moves a handheld probe across your abdomen, and sound waves pass through your body.
Those sound waves bounce off your bodys internal structures, including your baby. That process sends information to the ultrasound machine, which converts the data into a picture.
An ultrasound gives Dr. Lalezary a great deal of information, including :
- The timeline of conception
- Your babys heart rate
- Any indication of fetal distress
- Any signs of potential complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy or birth defects
What is gestational diabetes ?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 9.2% of pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy, a condition known as gestational diabetes.
The exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown, but researchers believe the hormones that naturally occur during pregnancy may block the ability to produce insulin in some women, which leads to an unhealthy buildup of glucose in the blood.
That can have an adverse impact on your baby, which is why it is so important to come in for routine pregnancy checkups. Dr. Lalezary can screen you for signs of gestational diabetes and create a customized treatment plan if you develop the condition.