As you move through your pregnancy and prepare for delivery, you’ll naturally have a lot of questions and concerns. At New England Women’s Healthcare in Woburn and Wilmington, Massachusetts, the experienced OB/GYN team gives you the support you need at every stage of this exciting phase of life. Use the online scheduler or call the office for excellent obstetric care now.
After your positive home pregnancy test, you should make your first obstetrics appointment at New England Women’s Healthcare. Your OB/GYN can confirm your pregnancy and help you get started with all the prenatal care you need.
You’ll have at least one ultrasound during your pregnancy, and many women have two or more. Ultrasounds at different points in your pregnancy have different purposes. You may have an ultrasound during your first, second, or third trimester depending on your needs.
In your first trimester, an ultrasound has several goals. It confirms your pregnancy, checks your baby’s heartbeat, estimates gestational age, and screens for some birth defects.
Second-trimester ultrasounds are useful for many reasons. In addition to checking your baby’s development, a second-trimester ultrasound can often identify your baby’s gender.
From weeks 13-14, an ultrasound can check for possible Down syndrome characteristics. From weeks 18-20, an ultrasound can check for congenital malformations. Second-trimester ultrasounds can also evaluate amniotic fluid level if needed.
Third-trimester ultrasounds can check on your baby’s movement, determine how well they’re positioned for birth, locate the placenta, and check for potential problems in both you and your baby.
Your New England Women’s Healthcare OB/GYN will recommend an ultrasound schedule that’s right for you and your baby.
At New England Women’s Healthcare, your care providers understand how important it is to have a choice, so they offer every type of delivery. Vaginal birth, Caesarean section, and vaginal birth after Caesarean are all options that your OB/GYN can discuss with you.
You can choose completely natural labor, an epidural as soon as possible, or whatever is right for you and your baby. Your doctor makes recommendations specific to your needs to ensure you have the safest delivery possible.
For a healthy and happy pregnancy and delivery, you can trust the New England Women’s Healthcare team. Book your obstetrics appointment using the online scheduler or by calling the office today.