Obstetrics Services in Leesburg
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Centreville, VA & Leesburg, VA
Midatlantic OBGYN is a full-service obstetrics and gynecology practice that provides comprehensive care for pregnant women and the baby they are carrying. Our patient-centered practice understands that each woman is an individual and responds to pregnancy, labor, and delivery in a unique way.
We understand birth is more than having a baby. It is a vulnerable and empowering experience best done with the mother’s wishes taken into consideration. We encourage you to have as much of an active role as you would like in the planning and medical care of your baby. To learn more about our obstetric services in Leesburg and Centreville, contact our office today.
What is Obstetrics?
Obstetrics is a medical specialty focused on the unique health needs of pregnant women, including preconception, pregnancy, delivery, and postnatal care. Our obstetricians train to treat routine pregnancies as well as pregnancies with complications. We treat and diagnose miscarriages, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and various other difficulties during pregnancy. We also have experience in cases involving fetal distress during pregnancy, labor, or immediately after. With the advent of obstetrics, birth has become a much safer practice for both mother and baby.
In any obstetric service we provide, we recognize how important it is for you to feel safe and comfortable with your experience. With a patient-centered approach to care, our team works closely with you to cater to your individual needs and develop a birth plan that you are comfortable with. Our OB/GYNs consider you an active partner in your pregnancy and birth care. Our obstetrics team in Leesburg and Centreville can discuss all the services available to you and encourage participation in the decision-making process.
What to Expect During Obstetric Care
You can expect comprehensive obstetric services from our doctors in Leesburg and Centreville. Your care may vary depending on your medical and gynecological history, where you are in the pregnancy process, and whether your pregnancy is high risk.
Your obstetric care may begin before you are even pregnant with a visit for preconception planning. During this appointment, your OB/GYN performs a physical and pelvic exam, reviews your medical and family history, as well as your lifestyle habits. Then, your obstetrician talks to you about any changes you need to make, such as the addition of a prenatal multivitamin or weight management, to ensure your pregnancy gets off to a healthy start.
Once you are pregnant, our team schedules regular prenatal care appointments to monitor your health and baby’s development throughout the 40-week gestational period. For routine low-risk obstetric management, you can expect monthly appointments up through week 28, appointments twice a month between weeks 29 and 35, then weekly visits from week 36 until you have your baby.
In addition to managing your pregnancy, our obstetric services also include discussions about your birth plan, including natural birth or cesarean delivery. The full-service OB/GYN practice also offers in-office ultrasound with 3D and 4D capabilities, as well as fetal non-stress testing.
What is a High-Risk Pregnancy?
Our practice has great experience in the management of high-risk pregnancies. There are various factors that may put a pregnancy at a greater risk, and there are many services an obstetrician can provide in these situations.
Older or Younger Mothers
Your pregnancy may be high risk if you are over 35 or in your teens. Women over 35 have a higher risk of delivering babies with chromosomal abnormalities or suffering a stillbirth. Women over 35 are also more likely to develop high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, among other concerns. Teenagers have a higher risk of blood pressure, premature birth, and delivering an infant with low birth weight.
Carrying more than one baby (twins, triplets) may also put you in the high-risk category. Women carrying multiple babies are more likely to experience high blood pressure, preterm labor, congenital disabilities, anemia, miscarriage, inconsistent amniotic fluid levels, and other complications.
Cervical insufficiency is a condition in which the cervix begins to dilate prematurely. Treatment involves close monitoring or hormone supplements. In some cases, a physician will perform a surgery called cervical cerclage.
History of Congenital Disabilities or Fetal Complications
If you have a history of children born with congenital disabilities or complications, it is more likely to reoccur in subsequent births. Children born with disabilities may be medically fragile and can require specialized treatment or interventions. Closer monitoring during pregnancy may be necessary. Other conditions that could require additional prenatal appointments include:
- Having a history of diabetes, heart disease, lupus, or a bleeding disorder
- Developing preeclampsia or gestational diabetes
- Having a history of preterm birth or pregnancy loss
- Having a history of poor obstetric outcomes
- Being underweight or overweight
- Being a smoker, drinking alcoholic beverages, or engaging in drug use
With a high-risk pregnancy, you may need more frequent prenatal appointments and additional tests and screenings. If these are the types of obstetric services you need, our doctors in Leesburg and Centreville are here to help.
Contact a Leesburg Obstetrician
Birth can be an exciting time as you anticipate bringing a child into this world, but it can also be scary or worrisome for some. Our caring team could celebrate with you and address any concerns you may have. Our goal is to help you have a safe pregnancy and birth while ensuring your input is listened to and respected.
However, your pregnancy and birthing experience may go, we are here to support you, your wishes, your health, and your baby. To learn more about our obstetric services in Leesburg and Centreville, call our office today.