For patients in Puyallup, WA and the surrounding Tacoma areas, Dedicated Women’s Health Specialists provides an outstanding obstetrical care that is highly personalized and family-centered. We believe bringing new lives into the world is one of the most rewarding aspects of our specialty. It is a very special time in your life and we want to be part of that wonderful experience. We do not treat pregnancy like an illness! We also believe in a partnership with you where we will work together for an optimal outcome. We strive to provide a warm, caring, and supportive environment throughout the entire prenatal care and delivery!
Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Q & A
Should I be Seen Before Attempting Pregnancy?
We encourage you to make an appointment with us before you attempt to conceive so that we can provide you with information that will help you achieve healthier pregnancies. We will tell you about certain vitamins that you need to start taking and medications to avoid. We also offer certain screening tests to be performed before you become pregnant. Finally, we will review your medical history and perform physical examination and advise you of the ways to reduce your risks.
How Do I Choose an Obstetrician?
Choosing an obstetrician, or OB/GYN, who will care for you throughout your pregnancy is very important. Obstetricians evaluate and treat female reproductive health conditions and concerns as well as address any complications which could arise during the baby’s growth or the delivery. All physicians in our group are either board-certified or active candidates of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and have completed 4 years of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology.
What is involved in Prenatal Care?
- Knowing the precise gestational age is very crucial in managing a pregnancy. So one of the first things we do is to perform early ultrasound to determine the due date precisely. We do this before initiating prenatal care.
- Next, you will meet with one of our nurses for a registration visit when your prenatal records will be initiated and blood and urine sample are taken.
- Your routine ob visits will be scheduled every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks after which weekly visits occur until delivery.
- A second and detailed ultrasound will be performed around 20 weeks of gestation. Additional ultrasound may be needed in complicated pregnancies.
- Most likely, your own obstetrician will be available to delivery your baby regardless of the route of delivery, vaginal or cesarean.