The healthcare team at Embry Women’s Health in Mesa, Arizona can guide you through the early stages of your pregnancy, from preconception planning to prenatal care up to 24 weeks. Contact the office today to schedule your first pregnancy care visit.
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.
Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:
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JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!
5 Stars – Yelp
It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions. I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.
5 Stars – 10/11/2018
Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
I was super impressed. NP Eva was wonderfully personable and professional. Front desk staff (thanks, Mia) was kind and thoughtful. They have snacks and drinks in the waiting room. It’s super clean and the view is lovely. It sits right on the lake at Dobson Ranch.
5 Stars – 5/24/2021
“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”
5 stars – 09/28/2018