Embry Womens Health
What is preconception care?
Coming in for a visit before conception gives you the opportunity to discuss your pregnancy plans with one of the skilled nurse practitioners at Embry Women’s Health. Your practitioner will take the time to discuss your medical history, your family’s medical history, as well as your current health. She’ll answer your questions and discuss the ways you can take care of yourself before, during, and after pregnancy.
Your preconception care discussion should include:
- A nutritious diet
- Routine exercise to prepare your body for pregnancy
- Optimal control over diabetes
- Herbal remedies
- Medications you should avoid
- Folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care visits occur throughout pregnancy and are vital to the health and wellbeing of the baby and mom. During these visits, your provider will ask questions about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally as well as complete a limited physical exam. As your pregnancy progresses, the nurse practitioner will also monitor the fetal heart tones and measurements with every visit to ensure the baby is developing as expected. Prenatal care includes ultrasounds, routine lab work, and other diagnostic studies designed to provide information that may help prevent complications during pregnancy and birth. We can monitor you up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. We can then refer you to an Obstetrician for the continuation of your pregnancy and delivery.
How often will I see the nurse practitioner during pregnancy?
It’s generally recommended you schedule your first prenatal visit as soon as you believe you’re pregnant. For the first several months, prenatal visits usually occur 1 – 2 times a month. If you are diagnosed as having a high-risk pregnancy, you will be referred out immediately to a high-risk pregnancy specialist, a Perinatalogist.