Without proper prenatal care, you run the risk of developing severe problems for both yourself and your unborn child. In fact, nearly one-third of pregnancies in the United States involve a pregnancy-related complication. If you're currently pregnant or thinking about a future pregnancy, call or make an appointment online at My OB/GYN: Dana Snell-Hargrove D.O. in Fort Worth, Texas.
As your uterus grows, so too do your aches and pains. These occur naturally: as your baby grows, he or she puts additional weight and pressure on your body. Your growing baby can also cause stretch marks, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the constant need to urinate.
Pregnancy also makes it so that additional hormones run through your body, leading to:
Prenatal care enables Dr. Snell-Hargrove to identify problems early and attempt to prevent delivery complications. One way she does this is by increasing your intake of multivitamins, folic acid, calcium, and iron. She also advises you to stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illicit drugs, if applicable.
Many medical conditions affect your ability to become pregnant and carry to term. Other conditions require close monitoring, and some medications can’t be taken during part or all of your pregnancy.
You’ll visit Dr. Snell Hargrove anywhere between 10 and 15 times during your pregnancy. During your first and second trimesters, you’ll see Dr. Snell-Hargrove every four weeks. Typically around 28 weeks, the appointments increase to every two weeks. At week 35, you will see Dr. Snell-Hargrove weekly until delivery.
Each time you see Dr. Snell-Hargrove during your pregnancy, the exam includes a check of your:
Dr. Snell-Hargrove also performs various screenings throughout your pregnancy, including those for:
An ultrasound exam is usually performed between 18 and 20 weeks to help Dr. Snell-Hargrove look for signs of problems with the development of your baby's organs and body systems. The ultrasound also confirms the age of your fetus and that your baby is growing correctly. If you're interested and your baby is in the right position, the ultrasound image can even reveal the sex of your baby.
If you want a personal touch as part of your prenatal care and are interested in delivering at Medical City Alliance, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Dana N. Snell-Hargrove in Fort Worth, Texas.