During a patient’s first prenatal visit, Dr. Ricci will perform a physical exam, review her medical history, perform a Pap smear (if needed), and discuss visits over the months ahead. The patient’s due date is calculated 40 weeks from the first date of her last period. In some high-risk pregnancies, an ultrasound may be conducted in the first visit. Plenty of time will be allotted to answer the patient’s questions and address her concerns.
Prenatal visits will take place monthly until two months before the patient’s due date. During this time, tests for group B strep, gestational diabetes, AFP, and anatomical development will be performed. Other tests may be ordered depending on the age and health of the mother and the health of the fetus. Two months before the due date, the patient will see the doctor every two weeks with visits once a week in the last month before delivery.
The nausea and vomiting experienced by many women during pregnancy are commonly referred to as morning sickness, but it can happen at any point during the day. It may be counter-intuitive, but it is important to keep food in the stomach at all times in order to minimize symptoms. Frequent, small meals and snacks can help keep nausea at bay without overloading the stomach. Eating slowly and drinking in between meals instead of with them can also help keep food in the stomach where it belongs. If a patient is particularly nauseous in the morning, eating a small protein snack, such as peanut butter, cheese, or yogurt, before bed and nibbling on soda crackers in the morning can help reduce the severity of symptoms. If nausea or vomiting is severe, contact Dr. Stephanie Ricci at Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc. immediately. IV fluids and prescription medication may be necessary in order to maintain the health of mother and baby.
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