Prenatal Care & High Risk Pregnancy

Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC

Carlos Barrionuevo, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Coral Springs, FL

Whether it’s your first child, or your fourth, pregnancy is a dizzying time as your body undergoes an incredible amount of change to bring a new life into the world. To help you negotiate this journey, Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo offers comprehensive prenatal care at Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC, including specialized care for high-risk pregnancies. If you’re in Coral Springs, Florida, call the office or use the online scheduler to get started on prenatal care.

Prenatal Care & High Risk Pregnancy Q & A

Why do I need prenatal care?

You receive prenatal care during your pregnancy to ensure the health of both you and your baby. Prenatal care is critical, because it allows Dr. Barrionuevo to monitor your baby’s development, ensuring that critical milestones are met. He also observes your health alongside the development of your baby.

This type of care allows Dr. Barrionuevo to detect potential problems and mitigate them before they become severe.

During a typical prenatal care visit, Dr. Barrionuevo records your vital statistics and measurements to track your health and the baby’s growth. He also uses this time to give you valuable counsel on nutrition and exercise throughout your pregnancy.

During your second trimester, Dr. Barrionuevo performs an ultrasound, which provides you with the first glimpse of your baby (or babies), and you can find out the sex.

What is a typical prenatal care schedule?

A typical prenatal schedule goes like this:

  • Once a month during weeks 4-28
  • Twice a month during weeks 28-36
  • Once a week after week 36

If something arises during your pregnancy, you may have to increase this schedule.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

Being placed in the high-risk pregnancy category isn’t necessarily cause for alarm. Many of the criteria for this category are beyond your control, such as:

  • Advanced maternal age (over 35)
  • Multiple babies
  • Pre-existing medical condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • History of miscarriage

If you fall into the high-risk group, you should expect to see Dr. Barrionuevo more often, since he needs to monitor your pregnancy more closely. He may also order more tests during your pregnancy, such as an amniocentesis.

There are also times when your pregnancy begins normally, but you end up in the high-risk group because of complications, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.

Coral Springs OBGYN has on-site sonography equipment, so Dr. Barrionuevo can provide same-day ultrasounds should they be necessary.

Whether your pregnancy is high risk or not, call Coral Springs OBGYN to get started on your prenatal care as soon as possible. Or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.