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Why is prenatal care important?

ADC Ob/Gyn specialist Kiran Mechineni, MD explains the importance of prenatal care in this video.   From genetic testing to understanding what to expect during your pregnancy, Dr. Mechineni gives a broad view of prenatal care with your Ob/Gyn.

Transcript below:

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care consists of maternal and fetal health starting from preconception (before pregnancy) through postpartum care.

When should a patient make a preconception appointment?

At least, three to six months ahead because we want her to start taking prenatal vitamins, and see if there are any other problems in her family.
Then we can get all the medical conditions up to date and get her ready for having a baby.

What sort of tests do you do during preconception visits?

We test for any high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid, um and to give also there is genetic testing available. So we can test them for any recessive carriers in her, and if she is positive then we can test her spouse so we’ll know ahead if they have any genetic problems.

What to expect during your first prenatal visit.

The first visit, you know we’ll teach them everything like what to eat, what not to eat, what drugs they can take, what medications, what chemicals they should avoid and what to anticipate going further. All about the pregnancy, how frequent visits they come for. From the first to the last visit you will see your ADC physicians, that is very good continuation of care.

Can a woman exercise during pregnancy?

We normally advise them, that if they were exercising before they can continue to do so. Swimming, walking, running, yoga, prenatal yoga is very good, but if they are not , they are sedentary, I would advise them to start walking at least 10-20 minutes every day and slowly go up to like half an hour.

What should a woman avoid during pregnancy?

Main restriction is on fish, salt-water fish, which has mercury, so they should avoid that. And dairy, milk and milk products should all be pasteurized. Quit smoking and alcohol if they use it, that kind of thing.

What is the best advice for your patients?

Earlier they come in the better. The earlier they come for preconception and then so they know a little more, like what to expect what to start, what to stop. But it’s okay if they are pregnant, they can come in as early as possible.

About our doctor:  Dr. Kiran Mechineni is a board certified Ob/Gyn and DaVinci Robotic trained surgeon performing hysterectomy, bilateralsalpingooperectomy (total hysterectomy) and ovarian cyst removal.   She is also trained to perform single-site robotic assisted surgery and labiaplasty.  She sees patients at ADC’s North Clinic.  For more information or to make an appointment call 1-512-901-1111.