Abortion Clinic & Family Planning Obstetrics & Gynecology located in East Brunswick, NJ
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times — and critical medical events — in a woman’s life. But whether you’re expecting your first child or you’ve been down this road before, you only want the best possible care with a board-certified OB/GYN. The top-rated team of physicians at GYN Choices in East Brunswick, New Jersey, are dedicated to providing excellent prenatal and obstetric care for women in communities across central New Jersey. Call the office today to make an appointment.
Pregnancy Q & A
What’s the best way to confirm my pregnancy?
Learning about a pregnancy as early as possible allows you to start getting the nutrition and care you and your baby need to stay healthy. GYN Choices of Central Jersey. offers three methods to confirm pregnancy:
This type of pregnancy test detects a hormone in your urine called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Your body only makes HCG when you’re pregnant, and the hormone is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of your uterus.
Although you can take urine-sensitive tests just one day after your period should have arrived, you’re more likely to get accurate results seven days after your missed period.
Blood draw test
Like the urine-sensitive test, the blood draw test confirms pregnancy by measuring your body’s levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG.
Because the blood draw test provides a numerical count of your HCG levels, it can help your OB/GYN determine your possible range of gestation.
The team at GYN Choices of Central Jersey also uses ultrasound analysis in-office to confirm pregnancy and establish pregnancy timeline.
What does routine prenatal care include?
Routine prenatal care usually begins when pregnancy is confirmed; for most women, this happens sometime around 6-9 weeks of pregnancy.
Then, you can expect to go over your medical concerns and history with your OB/GYN, undergo a comprehensive physical exam, and possibly have an ultrasound to listen to your baby’s heartbeat and help establish a more accurate due date.
As your pregnancy continues to progress, you can expect to receive routine ultrasound screenings along with a complete range of tests that help evaluate your health as well as your baby’s health. These tests are used to:
- Determine your blood type and Rh factor
- Check for gestational diabetes
- Screen for sexually transmitted infections
- Test for hepatitis B and C
In a typical pregnancy, regular prenatal checkups occur once a month through the end of the second trimester, twice a month during weeks 28-36, and then once every week until you deliver. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll see your OB/GYN more frequently.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy might mean that you or your baby require special monitoring or care throughout your pregnancy, or that you’re more likely to have medical challenges before, during, or after delivery. Some of the most common reasons that women have high-risk pregnancies include:
- Being over the age of 35
- Being very overweight or obese
- Carrying multiple babies
- Having a chronic condition like diabetes or hypertension
- Having a history of miscarriage
- Having a history of premature delivery
You may not know you’re having a high-risk pregnancy until your OB/GYN notices something concerning, such as consistently high blood pressure.
The team at GYN Choices of Central Jersey provides comprehensive prenatal, labor, and delivery care to women with normal pregnancies as well as high-risk pregnancies. Call the East Brunswick office to make your appointment today.