Pregnancy

Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

During your pregnancy, you’ll need the best possible personalized care to help you plan and prepare for your new family member. At Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, the skillful OB/GYNs, certified nurse midwives, and women’s health specialists provide effective pregnancy services and prenatal care to help you through this joyous and busy time. For compassionate obstetrical care, call Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, or use the online booking tool.

Pregnancy Q & A

When should I visit an obstetrician during my pregnancy?

When you think you’re pregnant, you should visit Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, where your obstetrician can perform a test to officially confirm your pregnancy. Your prenatal care can start right away.

During weeks four through 28, you typically have one prenatal visit every month. From weeks 28 to 36, your prenatal visits are scheduled every two weeks. 

When you reach the 36th week of your pregnancy, you should visit your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, obstetrician once a week until delivery. High-risk and special needs pregnancies might require more frequent visits. 

Prenatal care is an important part of motherhood for you and your baby. Prenatal care involves:

  • Checkups
  • Ultrasounds
  • Physical exams

You also undergo routine diagnostic testing.

What changes are normal during pregnancy?

During the early and middle stages of pregnancy, you might notice several changes, such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Sore breasts
  • Back pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Mood swings
  • Increased urination
  • Nausea 

As you near the final part of your pregnancy, you might experience:

  • Breast growth
  • Stretch marks
  • Shortness of breath

Some women develop hemorrhoids, ligament pain, and acid reflux during pregnancy.

How much weight should I gain when pregnant?

The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy varies. Most women gain around 25 to 35 pounds. You should be sure you’re gaining weight by consuming healthy foods to nourish you and your baby.

 Your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, obstetrician gives you valuable information on how to live a healthier lifestyle during pregnancy.

What is high-risk obstetrics?

High-risk obstetrics refers to the specialty of medicine centered on treating pregnant women who have a higher risk of complications. 

If you or your baby have an increased chance of having a health problem, your pregnancy is considered high-risk and requires extra care and monitoring by your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, obstetrician trained in high-risk obstetrics.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

Several factors can make your pregnancy high risk, including a medical condition that develops during the pregnancy for either you or your baby or medical conditions that you had before you were pregnant. Other factors that can lead to a high-risk pregnancy include:  

  • Lifestyle choices, such as alcohol consumption 
  • A history of surgery on your uterus 
  • A history of multiple cesarean sections
  • Maternal age of under 17 or over 35
  • Previous medical conditions, such as heart disease
  • Previous pregnancy complications and miscarriages
  • If you’re carrying multiple babies, such as triplets or twins
  • Pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes

Let the caring Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, obstetricians support you through your pregnancy. Call or click to schedule your appointment online today.

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