Prenatal Care

Jersey Women's Care Center

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Fair Lawn, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Dr. Elizabeth Ramirez and Dr. Huiying Hou are here to help you on your exciting and eventful journey to motherhood. They work alongside a highly trained and attentive group of women’s health professionals to provide quality personalized prenatal care and family planning services at the Jersey Women’s Care Center with two locations in Fair Lawn and Jersey City, New Jersey. As you prepare for your new family member, you probably have lots on your mind. Let the Jersey Women’s Care Center specialists organize, plan, and take some of the weight off your shoulders. Call or click to schedule your consultation.

Prenatal Care Q & A

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care plays an important part in the health of both the mother and baby. Prenatal care can include:

  • Checkups
  • Ultrasounds
  • Physical exams
  • Routine diagnostic testing

Prenatal care also includes an in-depth medical history evaluation and time to discuss your pregnancy questions or concerns.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

When the baby or mother has a heightened risk of certain health complications developing or pre-existing complications that could impact the delivery or the pregnancy, it’s considered high-risk.

There are a number of factors that make a pregnancy high-risk, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension.

Diabetes

Diabetes that begins during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes and affects how your cells use sugar as an energy source. With proper medical care, such as lifestyle changes and medications, your blood sugar can be regulated.  After your baby is born, gestational diabetes usually goes away. It makes you more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, but it won’t definitely happen.

Hypertension

Gestational hypertension refers to high blood pressure during pregnancy. The Jersey Women’s Care specialists treat gestational hypertension with a variety of effective methods, including blood pressure medications, recommending lifestyle changes, and more frequent checkups.

Certain other factors can also make a pregnancy high-risk, such as medical history, advanced age, lifestyle choices, poor diet, and excess alcohol and tobacco consumption. If your pregnancy is high-risk, the Jersey Women’s Care Center makes every effort to put the safety of you and your baby first.

What kind of medical care can I expect during each trimester?

The friendly Jersey Women’s Care Center medical team supports you through every stage of your pregnancy.

First trimester

The first trimester lasts from conception to around 12 weeks. Your first prenatal visit usually takes place when you’re around eight weeks pregnant. Your first prenatal visit typically includes:

  • Ultrasound
  • Confirmation pregnancy test
  • Planning the medical care of your pregnancy
  • Blood work
  • Gynecological exam

It’s recommended that you continue first trimester visits once a month.

Second trimester

The second trimester is from 12 to 28 weeks, and your monthly visits should continue. When you reach 18 weeks, you have another ultrasound to assess your baby’s anatomy and determine the sex, if you’d like to know.

Third trimester

The third trimester ranges from 28 to 40 weeks. Prenatal visits should now take place every two weeks. During the last four weeks of your pregnancy until you deliver, weekly visits are necessary.

What are the benefits of family planning?

Family planning and women’s health care services can help whether you’re ready to start a family or seeking methods of contraception if you’re not ready.

If you and your partner want to start a family, a thorough physical exam can be especially helpful in determining if you should change your lifestyle habits to create a more positive environment for your baby.

Family planning can include contraception services, women’s wellness exams, and more. If you’re interested in family planning or prenatal care, visit Jersey Women’s Care Center and call or book online.