Pregnancy is such an exciting part of a woman’s life, but it can also be stressful. Christopher Serrano, MD, of Serrano OBGyn in San Antonio, Texas, has helped thousands of women move through pregnancy and into motherhood, but the joy of being part of that process never gets old. If you’re searching for a skilled and compassionate obstetrician to help you welcome your baby into the world, schedule a time to meet with Dr. Serrano. You can set up a visit online or over the phone.
Prenatal care is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy. During your prenatal visits, you’ll receive the screenings needed to ensure both you and your baby are healthy and that the pregnancy is moving forward as expected.
There are many different screenings available, and Dr. Serrano will advise you on which options are right for your specific needs. At each visit your weight and belly circumference is measured to track your progress.
Your health team also gathers routine information about your heart and breathing function, blood pressure, temperature, and more. Ultrasound imaging is also part of the process and provides a closer look at how your baby is developing. Serrano OBGyn offers state-of-the-art 4D ultrasound technology that can even let you see your baby’s face.
Expectant mothers can take steps to support a healthy pregnancy for themselves and their children. Nutrition is an important part of that process. The food you eat not only fuels your body’s rapid changes but also delivers the nutrients your baby needs to grow and thrive.
Dr. Serrano can help you develop a diet that supports excellent health and wellness during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, embracing a healthy diet is even more important to control blood sugar while you’re pregnant, and avoid the development of type 2 diabetes after you deliver your child.
Getting plenty of exercise without placing your body under undue stress is also important. Dr. Serrano can help you find ways to stay active during all stages of pregnancy and also plan for a postpartum fitness routine to boost energy, improve sleep, and help you shed your pregnancy weight.
Many different factors can lead to the designation of a high-risk pregnancy. Maternal age, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and carrying multiples are all common examples.
If your pregnancy is deemed high-risk, there’s no need to panic. Dr. Serrano has extensive experience managing high-risk pregnancies and can advise you on the steps you need to take to remain healthy as you prepare to welcome your newest family member.
The best time to schedule prenatal care is actually before you conceive, which allows Dr. Serrano to work with you to ensure your body is ready for the challenges of pregnancy. Otherwise, be sure to book your initial prenatal visit as soon as you learn you’re expecting. You can schedule online or by phone.