Prenatal Care Specialist
Prenatal Care Q & A
Dr. Lingenfelter knows prenatal care is an absolute priority in preparing expecting parents. A patient’s first visit consists of gathering data about the mother and father’s medical history. Mothers are asked questions about their menstrual cycle and gynecological history, past pregnancies, personal and family medical history, medication, and lifestyle choices. Dr. Lingenfelter plots a due date based on the data gathered to efficiently schedule regular check-ups. A physical exam takes place consisting of height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) tests.This is followed by further examinations for undocumented conditions along with vagina examinations.
A blood test is conducted to check several key factors. The first and foremost is a blood type test which includes your Rhesus (Rh) factor, an inherited trait regarding protein found on the surface of the red blood cells. If the mother is Rh negative and the father is Rh positive, certain steps must be taken to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein responsible for allowing cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. A low hemoglobin count would mean a lack of proper oxygen circulation. A check of infection and immunity follows to make sure that no complications arise.
The female body goes under rapid change when pregnant. As such, being knowledgeable of these changes and how to adjust to them is a key part of prenatal care. A few things to be aware of are the swelling of breasts, tenderness in the breasts, morning sickness, and nausea. Proper communication with Dr. Lingenfelter can help provide resolution to persistent problems.
Prenatal visits are usually set every 4 weeks during the first trimester. Subsequent visits decrease in duration as check-ups become more routine and the safety of the mother and child is confirmed.