Getting proper care throughout your pregnancy is crucial for the health and wellness of you and your growing baby. Dr. David L. Greenspan is a top provider of comprehensive prenatal care for women living in and around Phoenix, Arizona. Whether you have a normal pregnancy or a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Greenspan wants to help you be your healthiest every step of the way. His skills, experience, and compassionate approach mean you can relax and focus on preparing for your new baby. Start your pregnancy off right by scheduling your appointment with OB/GYN Dr. Greenspan.
Having routine prenatal exams is important for your health and for the health of your baby.
Your exam will start with measurements of your blood pressure and your weight, along with a review of any symptoms or concerns you may have. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, Dr. Greenspan may listen to your baby’s heartbeat, measure your belly, or perform an ultrasound. You’ll also have urinalysis and blood tests throughout your pregnancy to look for signs associated with serious medical risks like infections and diabetes.
At the end of your exam, Dr. Greenspan will discuss what you can expect during the next few weeks of pregnancy as well as steps you can take to stay healthy. He also may recommend additional testing, like genetic screening tests that are offered with just a blood test and/ or an ultrasound.
Most moms-to-be visit the office once a month during the first 7 months of pregnancy, then every other week until the 36th week, and then every week until you give birth. Women with high-risk pregnancies usually need to see Dr. Greenspan more frequently.
Moms-to-be who have high-risk pregnancies have underlying medical issues that pose risks for themselves or for their babies. Some women with high-risk pregnancies may be at a greater risk of miscarriage, premature delivery or other issues, or their babies may be more likely to develop serious complications during delivery or even while they’re still developing in the uterus.
A few complications can result in long-term health problems for the baby. Some of the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies include: