Pregnancy Specialist

Bella Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Pregnancy is one of the most amazing journeys you’ll ever take. And the OB/GYN team at Bella Women’s Care provides everything you and your growing baby need to be healthy along the way. For the best and most compassionate prenatal care in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, book your appointment online or by calling one of the offices today.

Pregnancy

What should I do after a positive home pregnancy test?

Schedule an appointment at Bella Women’s Care as soon as possible. Your practitioner will confirm your pregnancy with a blood test that verifies pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin in your body.

Additionally, you'll have a pelvic exam to confirm your pregnancy. You may have your first ultrasound during your pregnancy confirmation visit, or it will be scheduled for the near future.

How often are checkups during pregnancy?

Until around 28 weeks gestation, you’ll typically see your provider at Bella Women’s Care about once a month. From 28-36 weeks, you’ll typically have checkups every two weeks.

After 36 weeks and until you welcome your baby, you’ll usually see your provider once a week. If you’re at risk for pregnancy or delivery complications, or you’ve previously had pregnancy or delivery problems, you may need to have more frequent care.

How much weight should I gain while pregnant?

On average, most women should gain 25-35 pounds over the course of their pregnancy. If you're overweight, you'll likely need to gain around 15-20 pounds. If you're underweight, you might need to gain up to 40 pounds, depending on the situation.

If you're having multiples, you'll need to gain more than you would with a single pregnancy. Your Bella Women's Care provider will advise you about healthy weight gain to make sure you and your baby are on track for good health.

Which medications are safe to take while I'm pregnant?

It's normal to have a certain amount of aches, pains, and other physical symptoms during pregnancy. Your provider will recommend medications based on what you need.

In general, it's safe to take acetaminophen over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol®. If you have indigestion, over-the-counter options like Tums® or Pepcid® can help. For a cold, rest and fluids are best but you can also take Benadryl® or Sudafed® to help with sinus issues.

If natural remedies like ginger or mint don’t help with nausea, your Bella Women’s Care practitioner may prescribe a medication to help. Remember, the nausea will pass. For many women, it’s much better in the second and third trimesters.

Bella Women’s Care is here to compassionately guide you through pregnancy, so book your appointment online or by phone now.