Obstetrics is a branch of medicine that specifically involves care during pregnancy. Obstetricians are gynecologists who provide medical care to pregnant women and their unborn babies, so it’s important when seeking prenatal care to find a provider that offers obstetrics in addition to gynecology.

What Does an Obstetrician Do?

During pregnancy, an obstetrician offers a variety of prenatal services to ensure the health and safety of both the mother and the baby. This includes regular check-ups during which your weight, blood pressure, and other vitals are taken and your belly is measured, as well as ultrasounds, blood tests, and other diagnostic tests to monitor fetal development. Your provider will also listen to the baby’s heartbeat.

Obstetricians also provide guidance on nutrition and other lifestyle factors that affect the health of both mom and child during pregnancy. They also provide labor and delivery services, as well as postpartum care for the mother to ensure they are healthy and recovering well.

There are different types of treatments that an obstetrician offers to pregnant women. For example, if a woman has a high-risk pregnancy, an obstetrician may recommend specialized care to reduce the likelihood of danger to the mom or child. This may include additional monitoring, medication, or even surgery if necessary.

How Often Will I See My Obstetrician During Pregnancy and After Delivery?

During pregnancy, you will typically see your provider once a month until you reach the 28th week of pregnancy. After that, you will visit more frequently, usually every two weeks until week 36. You will then have weekly appointments until delivery.

After you give birth, you will have a postpartum check-up with your obstetrician about six weeks later to ensure that you are healing properly and to address any concerns you may have.

Make Capital Women’s Care Your Choice for Personalized Patient-Centered Prenatal Care and Beyond!

At Capital Women’s Care, our providers offer comprehensive obstetrical services for women of all ages and stages of pregnancy. Our team of experienced obstetricians is dedicated to providing personalized care to each patient for the safest and healthiest experience possible.

Call our Silver Spring office at 301-259-5695 or our Laurel office at 301-304-1830 today for quality care and support during your pregnancy and beyond!