Having a baby is an incredible journey – one which is made so much better by having expert obstetrical care along the way. The Lenox OBGYN team of highly experienced board-certified obstetricians provides exceptional pregnancy and prenatal care for women living in the Midtown West area of Manhattan in New York City. If you think you might be pregnant, call Lenox OBGYN today or schedule an appointment using the online booking system.
What does pregnancy involve?
Pregnancy consists of three stages, called trimesters:
First trimester (0 - 13 weeks)
The first trimester is a critical stage in the embryo's development. This is when the skeleton and organs take shape and is the time when congenital disabilities are most likely to develop. Miscarriages tend to be more likely to happen during the first trimester.
You won't have a bump yet, but the baby is likely to be making its presence felt in other ways. Morning sickness is typically worst during this stage. Other common symptoms are sore breasts, fatigue, and emotional ups and downs.
Second trimester (14 - 26 weeks)
Some of the early pregnancy symptoms like nausea and fatigue might ease during the second trimester. The fetus is growing bigger, so your bump is starting to show. You might begin to experience new symptoms, though, such as heartburn, backache, and leg cramps. Between 16 – 20 weeks is when you'll probably first feel the baby moving.
Third trimester (27 – 40 weeks)
You should have a sizeable bump now and be able to feel and see the baby moving. As the baby gets larger, it starts pressing on your organs and lungs, causing shortness of breath and problems like hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and urinary incontinence. You might also be having problems getting comfortable or sleeping properly.
At around 40 weeks, you start feeling contractions - abdominal pains that come in cycles – which signal the start of labor.
What care do I need during pregnancy?
The care you need varies depending on whether yours is a straightforward pregnancy or a high-risk pregnancy.
Every woman undergoes regular check-ups, blood and urine tests, and ultrasound scans. There are also a variety of screening tests you can have to identify any issues with the baby.
These routine tests and scans detect any problems at the earliest stage so that you and your baby can receive the appropriate treatment. Potentially dangerous conditions like gestational diabetes are easy to test for and entirely manageable. However, unless you have a blood sugar test, you probably won’t realize you have this condition.
How do I stay healthy during pregnancy?
Your provider at Lenox OBGYN provides you with all the information and support you need to ensure you have a happy, healthy pregnancy, including:
- Nutrition advice
- Exercise programs
- Relaxation techniques
- Emotional support
Pregnancy is one of life's most remarkable experiences, made even better with the right prenatal care. The Lenox OBGYN team offers comprehensive and expert prenatal care for all expectant mothers, helping to ensure that you and your unborn baby remain healthy at every stage of pregnancy.
Call their office today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.