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Prenatal Care

Family Care Specialists Medical Group

Family Medicine & Primary Care located in East Los Angeles, Highland Park, and Montebello, CA

Prenatal care is an extremely effective way of ensuring that your plans for or your current pregnancy goes smoothly and according to plan. The team at Family Care Specialists Medical Group offers women living in greater Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, Highland Park and Montebello, California), comprehensive prenatal care to bring healthy babies into the world. Get in touch with the expert team today by phone or online to book a prenatal care appointment.

Prenatal Care

When should I schedule prenatal care?

The team at Family Care Specialists Medical Group recommends that you schedule a prenatal care visit as soon as you know that you are pregnant.

During your first prenatal care visit, your doctor performs pregnancy testing to verify your status and determines a projected delivery date.

This first consultation is vital to setting you up with the proper tools and information for a healthy baby.

What happens during prenatal care?

Once you’ve established care at Family Care Specialists Medical Group, your doctor determines a regular appointment schedule, which typically includes monthly visits through week 28 and biweekly visits through week 36.

Once you’ve past the 36th week, your doctor recommends that you come in once a week until delivery. The team at Family Care Specialists Medical Group offers in-office deliveries to make sure that you continue to receive care in a familiar environment.

Your first visit includes a general overview of your medical history, a standard pelvic exam, and blood and urine tests. These diagnostic tools help your doctor identify any health issues that could complicate your pregnancy.

The rest of your visits includes a combination of the care you received during your first one, except that your doctor regularly checks your weight and blood pressure as well as your baby’s heart rate and growth.

Prenatal care visits are the perfect opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you might have about what you’re going through.

What is obstetrics?

Obstetrics refers to medical care around preconception planning, pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum care. The team at Family Care Specialists Medical Group has received specialized training to make sure that your pregnancy goes according to plan.

What tests are performed during pregnancy?

As mentioned above, your doctor at Family Care Specialists Medical Group orders blood and urine samples regularly throughout your pregnancy. This enables them to identify any of the following condition that could affect your baby:

  • Anemia
  • Bladder and kidney infections
  • Hepatitis B
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Rubella and chickenpox

The more information you have about your health, the better the doctor will be able to assess your baby’s health.

Get in touch with a team member at Family Care Specialists Medical Group today by phone to book an appointment with an expert professional.