Professional Gynecological Services offers prenatal care under the guidance of Dr. Irina Vaizman, Dr. Kelley Halstead OB-GYN Physicians. We assure you the best possible service in a very caring environment. We are affiliated with major hospitals including: Methodist Hospital and others.
At Professional Gynecological Services we believe that prenatal care ideally should start even before pregnancy. During your first visit, we will help you to answer all your questions about fertility, conception and early pregnancy. If you haven’t seen us before your conception, it will be a good time for you to schedule your initial visit. Walks-in are welcome Monday through Friday.
During your first exam with us at Professional Gynecological Services, we can help you plan a pregnancy and labor experience uniquely right for you.
As soon as you suspect you’re pregnant, schedule an appointment with our physicians. Even if you’ve confirmed your suspicion with a home pregnancy test, it’s still wise to follow-up with an appointment. This will ensure that you and your baby get off to a good start.
Why Is Prenatal Care Important?
Regular appointments with your health care provider throughout your pregnancy are important to ensure the health of you and your baby. In addition to medical care, prenatal care includes education on pregnancy and childbirth, plus counseling and support.
Frequent visits with your healthcare provider allow you to follow the progress of your baby’s development. Visits also give you the opportunity to ask questions. Also, we welcome your partner at each visit, as well as interested family members.
What Happens at My First Visit for Prenatal Care?
The first visit is designed to confirm your pregnancy and to determine your general health. In addition, the visit will give our physicians clues to any risk factors that may affect your pregnancy. It will typically be longer than future visits. The purpose of the first prenatal visit is to:
- Determine your due date.
- Find out your health history.
- Explore the medical history of family members.
- Determine if you have any pregnancy risk factors based on your age, health and/or personal and family history.
You will be asked about previous pregnancies and surgeries, medical conditions and exposure to any contagious diseases. Also, you will have the opportunity to us about any medications (prescription or over-the-counter) you have taken or are currently taking.
Do not hesitate to ask our provider any question you may have. Most likely, those are the questions your provider hears most often! And, we love to answer them.
Here are some questions you may want to ask. Print or write them down, add to them, and take them to your appointment.
What Common Prenatal Tests Will I Be Given?
Typically, your first prenatal visit includes a full exam (including pelvic exam and Pap-Smear), collection of urine specimen, and blood tests.
Brief outline of your first medical visit:
- Physical exam: You are weighed and your blood pressure, heart, lungs, and breasts are checked.
- Pelvic exam: During the pelvic exam, a Pap smear is taken to screen for cervical cancer and cultures are taken to detect sexually transmitted diseases (such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia). In addition, a bimanual internal exam (with two fingers inside the vagina and one hand on the abdomen) will be performed to determine the size of your uterus and pelvis. This exam will also check for any abnormalities of the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.
After the first visit, you’ll probably be seen monthly through the early stages of pregnancy, as long as everything is going well. Later in the pregnancy, we see patients most frequently. Of course we are available during visits hours to answer urgent questions, or to deal with any unexpected problems.
In addition to our 24 hours answering service we promise you to have an incredible and unique prenatal experience in our facility.