Prenatal Visits in Ocala, FL
At Florida Women’s Health, our obstetrical team is dedicated to partnering with patients to be there every step of the way during their pregnancy process. Regular prenatal visits with an obstetrician are important to monitor the health of both mother and baby. The frequency of prenatal visits depends on how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, and any known health concerns that may require additional checkups with Dr. Michelle Wood.
Obstetrician Michelle Wood, MD has been board-certified since 2006 and is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Wood strives to make patients feel comfortable throughout each step of pregnancy. If you may be pregnant in the Ocala area, contact Florida Women’s Health today to schedule an appointment.
When To Begin Prenatal Visits with Dr. Wood
A patient’s first prenatal visit should be scheduled as soon as she thinks she may be pregnant. As the pregnancy progresses, prenatal appointments will occur more regularly and may include testing to check the health of the baby or address any significant symptoms the mother may experience.
A typical schedule for prenatal checkups is:
- Between Weeks 4-28 patients will have an appointment once a month.
- Between Weeks 28-36 patients will start having appointments twice a month.
- After week 36 patients will have weekly appointments.
If a pregnancy is regarded as being high-risk, which is often based on various factors like the patient’s age, weight, and known health conditions, Dr. Wood may recommend more frequent prenatal visits to closely monitor the pregnancy. This ensures that any potential complications are detected as soon as possible, and therefore may be appropriately treated much more quickly.
What to Expect During a Prenatal Visit
A prenatal checkup at Florida Women’s Health typically includes several standard processes and tests to obtain insights about the mother’s health and that of the developing fetus. During this time, Dr. Wood may:
- Check blood pressure, weight, and height
- Obtain a urine sample
- Review the patient’s medical history
- Discuss the patient’s stress levels and lifestyle habits
- Perform a complete physical exam
- Complete an ultrasound
- Check your baby’s heartbeat
- Review pregnancy expectations and recommendations
- Answer any questions or concerns the patient has
Other tests may be done as a way to proactively identify any early signs of health problems affecting the mother and/or child that can include infection, birth defects, gestational diabetes, or fetal distress.
Schedule a Prenatal Visit in Ocala, FL Today
Contact Florida Women’s Health to schedule your first prenatal appointment in Ocala, FL and start your pregnancy journey with our experience obstetrical team today!