What Is Obstetrical Care?
Obstetrical care is a term used to describe the management of both normal and complicated pregnancy as well as the delivery and postpartum periods. Because pregnancy is one of the most important parts of a woman’s life, it is essential to have the proper medical care to have a healthy pregnancy.
During pregnancy, a woman should visit her doctor on a regular basis. These visits will involve physical examinations, blood tests and ultrasounds to monitor the growth and development of the baby. The doctor will also discuss options for the delivery process, working with the mother to ensure her pregnancy, labor, and delivery are as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
At OC Women’s Care, we provide quality obstetrical care to keep you and your baby healthy. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Sedaghat, helps each patient every step of the way with specialized care during pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period.
Most women experience a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy. However, some women experience high-risk pregnancies which may have many causes, such as:
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Advanced maternal age
- Lifestyle choices
- Multiple numbers of babies
At OC Women’s Care, our professional team looks at each situation to provide you with individual care for the healthiest pregnancy possible, whether it is a normal or complicated pregnancy.
What Obstetrical Care Services Does OC Women’s Care Provide?
OC Women’s Care provides comprehensive obstetrical care from pre-conception through postpartum. We strive to ensure the best possible care and outcome. Dr. Sedaghat, our team leader, is well known in the local Orange County community for her compassionate and thorough obstetric care. She and her caring team will guide you through each step of your pregnancy, being sure to address every issue or concern that you have.
Throughout your pregnancy, you will visit Dr. Sedaghat on a regular basis for:
- Physical examinations
- Blood tests
These three components are important for monitoring the growth and development of your baby. While you are seeing the doctor, you will also discuss options for the delivery process, creating a labor and delivery plan that is as comfortable and stress-free for you and the baby as possible. We also offer postpartum care to help you become acclimated to the motherhood lifestyle while still maintaining your own health.
OC Women’s Care is happy to provide a range of obstetrical services including:
- Routine Pregnancy/Prenatal Care
- Low-Risk Pregnancy Anticipating Vaginal Delivery
- High-Risk Pregnancy (i.e. Multiple Gestation)
- Pre-Pregnancy Assessment & Counseling
- Prenatal/Genetic Testing
- Operative Obstetrics (i.e. Cerclage)
- Repeated Early Pregnancy Loss (Recurrent Miscarriages) Evaluation
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section
- In-Office High Tech Ultrasound
- Postpartum Care
OC Women’s Care not only offers exceptional obstetric services but also has a brand new office that is equipped with the most advanced technology to help make each patient’s experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The team at OC Women’s Care truly understands the importance of choosing a doctor and team that you can trust. That is why OC Women’s Care is happy to offer reputable and caring obstetric services.
What is pre-conception care?
Pre-conception care is a service offered through OC Women’s Care that can improve your chances of getting pregnant, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and having a healthy baby. Preconception care should begin at least three months before you plan on getting pregnant. During your preconception care, you will:
- Discuss family planning and birth control with your doctor
- Take folic acid
- Screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as HIV
- Manage health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, eating disorders, and asthma
- Reduce stress,
- Quit bad habits like smoking and avoid alcohol
- Avoid hazards that could harm you or your baby
- Discuss problems with prior pregnancies, including pre-term birth
When you are ready to become a mother, turn to the trusted team at OC Women’s Care for your pre-conception care needs.
What Is A High-Risk Pregnancy?
While many women have healthy and uncomplicated pregnancies, some women suffer high-risk pregnancies. High-risk pregnancies will need to be closely monitored to ensure the health of the baby and mother. Women who may suffer high-risk pregnancies include those with:
- Advanced Maternal Age (35 Years or Older)
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid Problems
- History of miscarriage or pre-term birth
If you think that you may be a high-risk patient based on your history or specific medical problems, be sure to discuss all of your concerns with Dr. Sedaghat at OC Women’s Care.
Do You Offer Ultrasounds?
OC Women’s Care is proud to offer the latest in technology to provide our patients with the best care possible. We are equipped with advanced imaging technology including a high-tech ultrasound machine. An ultrasound will be taken several times during a pregnancy.
During the first trimester, a pregnancy ultrasound may be done to:
- Confirm a normal intrauterine pregnancy
- Look for multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Identify problems in the placenta, uterus, cervix, and ovaries
- Determine the baby’s age
- Determine the baby’s heart rate
During the second and third trimesters, a pregnancy ultrasound may be done to:
- Determine the baby’s age, growth, and position
- Determine the baby’s gender
- Check the placenta and amniotic fluid
When you choose OC Women’s Care you can not only have an ultrasound but also take home pictures of your baby! Upon request, we can even make a video of your baby for you to share with loved ones and enjoy at home.
How Should I Take Care Of Myself During Pregnancy?
To promote a healthy pregnancy it is important to take care of yourself. This includes eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Ideally, mothers should gain 20-35 pounds during their pregnancy, depending on their pre-pregnancy weight. You should also avoid smoking and drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs. During your pregnancy, it is important to have a doctor you can trust. Dr. Sedaghat and her team of caring professionals are here to help you throughout your pregnancy. When you are ready to become a mother or have discovered that you will be one, call us in Fountain Valley and let us help you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.