How often should I see the doctor during my pregnancy?
The OB-GYN team at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami recommends a customized schedule of appointments based on your needs. The No. 1 goal is ensuring that your needs, and your baby’s needs, are always met.
Most women see their OB-GYN at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami anywhere from 1-4 times a month until delivery. A typical schedule is:
- Until 28 weeks: Once a month
- 28-36 weeks: Twice a month
- 36 weeks-birth: Once a week
If you have complications of any type during your pregnancy, or if you have a high-risk pregnancy, your OB-GYN may need to see you more often to protect you and your baby’s health.
What kind of tests do I need during pregnancy?
Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami offers all the tests and procedures you need to monitor your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy. Your OB-GYN checks your blood type and screens for anemia and infections, including STDs, early in your pregnancy.
You may also need other specific tests based on your age, health, and previous test results. Common pregnancy tests include:
Many women have an ultrasound around 18-20 weeks, but ultrasounds can be done as-needed at any point. Your OB-GYN can check for problems, confirm gestational age, and monitor growth during an ultrasound. If you want to know the sex of your baby, you can often find out through ultrasound.
Gestational diabetes test
Most women have a glucose screening at around 26-28 weeks to determine gestational diabetes risk. Depending on your results, you may need a glucose tolerance test. This can then confirm gestational diabetes.
Genetic testing checks for chromosomal disorders and open neural tube defects, including Down syndrome, spina bifida, and cystic fibrosis. Genetic testing can take several forms, including blood screening, testing of placental cells, and amniocentesis.
Your OB-GYN at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami will customize tests for your individual needs.
When is a pregnancy high-risk?
Some of the factors that make a pregnancy high-risk include:
- Age over 35
- History of high-risk pregnancy
- Pre-existing health problems like hypertension or diabetes
- Multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, or more)
If your pregnancy is high-risk, your Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami OB-GYN will support and guide you through your healthy delivery.