When you’re pregnant, regular prenatal exams protect the health of you and your unborn baby and lower the risk of complications along the way. At Alpha OBGYN in Alpharetta and Cumming, Georgia, Dr. Sowmya Reddy and her team provide compassionate obstetrics care to low- and high-risk pregnant women of all ages to ensure a smooth and healthy pregnancy and delivery. Call Alpha OBGYN to schedule your next obstetrics or gynecology visit today, or use the online scheduling tool.

You’ll experience various signs and symptoms during pregnancy, which may change depending on how far along in your pregnancy. You might experience:

  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breast tenderness and increased fullness
  • Water retention
  • Heartburn
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Bleeding gums

Hormone fluctuations cause many of these symptoms. Talk with Dr. Reddy or her staff if you have troubling side effects or health concerns. She offers tips about how to manage pregnancy symptoms and monitors you for potential health complications.

What are prenatal visits during pregnancy?

Prenatal visits are regularly scheduled appointments with an obstetrician who monitors the health of you and your baby. It’s important to see Dr. Reddy or another medical provider at Alpha OBGYN to check for early signs of conditions that can affect you or your baby during pregnancy, such as:

  • Heart problems
  • High blood sugar
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Chronic diseases
  • Infections
  • Gynecological conditions
  • Genetic abnormalities

Regular prenatal checkups ensure your pregnancy is running smoothly and help detect health conditions before serious problems arise.

What should I expect during prenatal visits?

During prenatal visits, Dr. Reddy reviews your medical history and completes a comprehensive physical exam. She may also:

  • Determine your due date
  • Complete a Pap test as needed
  • Order blood tests or a urine sample
  • Order genetic screening tests
  • Check your weight, blood pressure, and heart rate
  • Complete ultrasounds as needed
  • Check your blood sugar
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat
  • Feel the baby’s position and movement
  • Make sure your baby is growing and developing properly

Dr. Reddy uses the information she gathers to check for the presence of disease, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and fetal abnormalities in your baby.

She answers any questions you have about your health, nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle habits important during pregnancy.

How often should I schedule a prenatal visit?

Dr. Reddy and her team let you know how often to schedule prenatal visits. You might come to the office once a month early in your pregnancy and require more frequent visits closer to your due date or if your pregnancy is high-risk.

When you’re ready to experience a healthy pregnancy and compassionate, high-quality prenatal care when you’re expecting, call Alpha OBGYN today, or use the online scheduling tool.