There is perhaps no more exciting time in a woman’s life than when she is having a baby. At Mile High OB/GYN, we have been delivering babies for more than 65 years. Our team of physicians and staff treats every expecting mom with individualized care. Whether you are facing a normal or high-risk pregnancy, our primary goal is to keep both mom and baby healthy throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum.
How soon should I see the doctor once I’m pregnant?
We typically see women around the seventh or eighth week of pregnancy. Your visits will be monthly, with increasing frequency as your pregnancy progresses. We will take measurements regularly, check your blood and urine, and conduct ultrasounds to monitor your baby’s growth and screen for any conditions that may impact the health of the mother or baby.
What is involved in my prenatal care?
Regular prenatal care is vital to the health of both mom and baby. As your physicians, this is an important time to get to know you and learn more about your desires for carrying and delivering a healthy baby. We see this as a very important partnership.
We talk about pregnancy in terms of trimesters, and there are important developmental milestones for each. In addition to measuring your baby’s growth and conducting the necessary prenatal tests, we will also talk about nutrition, exercise, and environmental factors that may impact your pregnancy.
We are a resource for patients, and we are happy to answer any questions that you have about your pregnancy or delivery.
What if I’m considered a high-risk pregnancy?
A pregnancy may be considered high risk for a number of reasons. Some of these may be medical reasons, and others might be lifestyle or environmental factors:
- When a woman enters her pregnancy with certain medical complications like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions, or known genetic risk factors, we more carefully monitor the health of the mother and baby throughout pregnancy.
- Women who have had trouble getting or keeping a pregnancy may require additional monitoring or testing.
- Mothers are considered to be advanced maternal age when they are 35 years or older. This does not automatically make for a high-risk pregnancy, but it may result in additional testing.
- Women who are having a multiples pregnancy, where there are two or more babies, are considered high risk.
- Lifestyle choices like smoking, drinking, or drug use can place a mother and her unborn baby at risk for complications.
Women who are found to have a high-risk pregnancy can still have healthy and happy babies. For most women, there may additional testing and monitoring throughout the pregnancy. Certain procedures or lifestyle changes may be required, but our team of physicians has delivered many healthy babies following a high-risk pregnancy.
Where will my baby be delivered?
Our practice delivers at Rose Medical Center in Denver. They provide high-quality care, a variety of education classes and resources for expectant moms, and tremendous service to new moms and babies, including breastfeeding support by lactation consultants during and after your hospital stay.
What tests are performed during prenatal care?
There are several tests that are routinely conducted as part of your prenatal care:
- Blood test
- First trimester screen
- Triple and Quad screen
- Glucose Tolerance test
There are additional tests that may be used if indicated:
- Fetal non-stress test
- Umbilical cord sampling