An obstetrician and Gyneacologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the management of pregnancy, labor and birth. They also receive specialized education in the area of the female reproductive system and surgical care. Much of their education focuses on the detection and management of obstetrical and gynecological problems.
Routine obstetrical care usually includes:
- Book your 1st obstetric visit ideally before 10 weeks of pregnancy.
- One visit per month ,until 36 weeks. At that point, the doctor needs to see you once every two weeks depending on how well you are progressing throughout your pregnancy.
- Blood tests involved in antenatal visits are as follows:
- your blood group
- your rhesus status
- hepatitis B
- HIV (if you agree)
Your first visit with your doctor is the appointment when you tell them that you’re pregnant. At this first visit, you will be given information about:
- folic acid and vitamin supplements
- nutrition, diet and food hygiene
- lifestyle factors that may affect your health or the health of your baby, such as smoking, recreational drug use and drinking alcohol
- antenatal screening tests
- information on keeping healthy, and ask whether you have had any previous health or pregnancy issues, such as complications in pregnancy.
It’s important to tell your doctor if:
- You’ve had any complications or infections in a previous pregnancy or delivery, such as pre-eclampsia or premature birth.
- You’re being treated for a chronic disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- You or anyone in your family have previously had a baby with an abnormality, such as spina bifida.
- There’s a family history of an inherited disease, such as sickle cell or cystic fibrosis.
- An important part of antenatal care is getting information that will help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy and the safe delivery of your baby.