Our obstetricians (also called an OB/GYN) will support and take care of you throughout your pregnancy, from your positive pregnancy test through your labour and the postpartum period.
In the first trimester of a pregnancy, the obstetrician will monitor your blood count, screen you for general antibodies as well as test for specific antigens to Rubella, Hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections.
Regular check-ups throughout your pregnancy monitor the cervix, placenta, fluid, and health of the baby, as well as vitamin and mineral levels. Other routine checks include vaginal swabs, foetal heartbeat and movement monitoring, and blood work.
Ultrasounds are performed to evaluate for ectopic pregnancy, to detect congenital anomalies, and to check blood flow velocity in the umbilical cord. Obstetric ultrasounds, unlike x-rays, do not emit radiation and thus are totally safe for mother and baby. Certain diseases are more likely to affect pregnant women, which is why the obstetrician will monitor your health during your pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus, and thyroid disease are all common complications of pregnancy. There is also an increased risk during pregnancy of blood clots (thrombosis and hypercoagulability). In the event that your pregnancy goes on for longer than the typical 40 week period, your doctor may recommend that you be induced, a procedure which artificially stimulates labour. Induction is also an option earlier in the pregnancy in cases of pre-eclampsia, placental malfunction, and foetal distress.
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Whether you are already pregnant, or in the early stages of planning a pregnancy, call us to make an appointment with one of our team.
The care you receive during your pregnancy will be discussed with you and decided together with your obstetrician, who will monitor your health from the beginning of your pregnancy, or beforehand if you are seeking support through trying to get pregnant, and monitoring any existing conditions. Working with an experienced consultant means you will be in safe hands throughout your pregnancy.
Blood counts and tests at the beginning of your pregnancy will check for antibodies and antigens. Later check-ups will monitor your cervix, placenta, and health of your baby, both through swabs, blood work, and ultrasound. If you have an existing condition, your doctor may recommend additional monitoring.
Women tend to be more susceptible to autoimmune diseases during pregnancy, although the symptoms of existing autoimmune conditions may be alleviated during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is also a common condition in pregnant women, as well as an increased risk of blood clots due to cardiovascular changes.