When you get the confirmation you’re pregnant, the possibility of becoming a parent becomes a reality, making you anxious for expert guidance. Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, of Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama, is a board-certified pediatrician who provides exceptional prenatal care for mothers and their unborn babies in the months leading up to the birth. Call the clinic today to find out more about prenatal and postnatal care, or book an appointment online.
Prenatal care centers around looking after the well-being of you and your baby before you give birth. Dr. Labovitz and her team at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics provide outstanding prenatal care for their patients, helping expectant parents to plan for the birth and the changes ahead as well as carrying out health checks and monitoring the progress of mother and baby.
When you find out you’re expecting a baby, you’ll start a series of routine checkups at the clinic. These are an essential component of prenatal care, where your prenatal team can monitor yours and your baby’s vital signs. They can spot any problems such as raised blood pressure, UTIs (urinary tract infections), or an increase in blood glucose levels that could indicate gestational diabetes.
Your prenatal team takes time to go over dietary requirements with you and discusses how to keep yourself and your baby healthy during pregnancy. They can offer advice on how to manage stress and discomfort, how to sleep better, and how much exercise you need to take.
If you’re experiencing any of the common problems of pregnancy such as morning sickness or swollen ankles, your team can help you manage these issues and check that they aren’t an indication of any underlying condition.
You also have the opportunity to see ultrasound images of your unborn baby and hear their heartbeat, one of the most moving and exciting stages of pregnancy.
There are various tests that Dr. Labovitz can carry out, some standard ones and some that may be appropriate in certain circumstances.
Typical prenatal testing includes:
You can also have screening and diagnostic tests for genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, or to see if your baby has Down syndrome, spina bifida, or other conditions.
To ensure the healthiest, happiest pregnancy and the best start for your newborn, entrust your care to Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics. Call the clinic today or book an appointment online.