New Beginnings OB/GYN
Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Robotic Gynecological Surgeon located in Memorial, Houston, TX
As you prepare for motherhood, obstetrics care is an essential part of a healthy and happy pregnancy. For many women in and around Houston, Texas, Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG, of New Beginnings OB/GYN is an invaluable resource for caring and compassionate obstetrics care. Schedule a visit online or by phone to meet with her and learn more about her approach to pregnancy care.
What is obstetrics?
Obstetrics is the area of medical practice focused on providing care during pregnancy. While all gynecologists receive training in the field of obstetrics, not all choose to include this area of practice in their professional offerings.
Gynecologists who specialize in obstetrics find it deeply rewarding to work with you as you prepare to welcome your newest family member. They enjoy assisting you throughout your pregnancy and beyond, and being part of such a special time in your life.
Prenatal care is a central focus in obstetrics. These visits begin as soon as you learn you’re expecting, although the best approach is to begin working with your gynecologist as soon as you begin thinking of adding to your family. Early care can ensure your body is prepared for the challenges and demands of pregnancy and childbirth.
Why is prenatal care so important?
Prenatal care is critical to both your health and the health of your baby. These visits are the setting for you to receive the screenings you need to assess your overall health and track your baby’s development.
Each visit begins with a quick assessment of your vital signs. You’ll be weighed and measured to see how your pregnancy is coming along. Ultrasound imaging can help determine your due date and check for developmental markers. You can even learn your baby’s sex during your ultrasound.
Genetic screenings are available in your first and second trimester. These tests look for signs of common genetic problems. Early detection gives you more options and helps you make the decisions that are right for your family. The results of blood testing might lead to other screening options like amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
Your prenatal care visits are also an opportunity to ask questions or express any concerns you have about your pregnancy or what to expect during the childbirth process. No topic is off-limits, and you should feel comfortable broaching any subject you like during these visits.
How often should I come in for prenatal care?
Your initial prenatal care visit will likely be a little longer than subsequent appointments. During that initial visit, you’ll learn more about the schedule of appointments.
Some women need to come in more frequently than others. For example, if your pregnancy is deemed high risk or if you are carrying multiples, you might need to be seen more often.
It’s also normal to come in more frequently as you near your due date. At that point, your obstetrician will want to keep a close eye on you. You’ll be ready to meet your little one at that point and will have the full support of your care team as you get closer to the big day.
If you’d like more information about prenatal care or are ready to begin working with an outstanding obstetrician, call the office to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.