Starting a family is an exciting adventure and a life-changing event. So, from the very start there’s no more important task than finding the right doctor for you and building a relationship that makes you feel comfortable and cared-for every step of the way.
With practice locations in Winston-Salem, Kernersville and Mt. Airy, Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates has served three generations of women in the area, and is dedicated to keeping you educated, healthy and happily on your way to motherhood. Read on for some of their best advice—courtesy of Dr. Jenny Sandbulte—on the most frequently asked mother-to-be questions!
What can you expect at your initial doctor visit?
At Lyndhurst, you will have a nurse visit at around seven weeks to review your medical history and have lab work drawn. Your initial pre-natal visit with a doctor will be between eight to10 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. Expect to discuss nutrition, activities, medications and other precautions for your pregnancy.
Will my doctor suggest prenatal vitamins?
Yes, taking a prenatal vitamin is one of the most important things you can do to assure a healthy pregnancy. It’s wise to begin taking these even before you conceive, so that your folic acid levels are adequate (400–800 mg of folic acid per day is ideal). Prenatal vitamins also contain vitamin A, C, D and Omega-3 fatty acids that are vital during pregnancy; do follow your doctor’s recommendation for the exact dosage, as too much can also be damaging.
What are the biggest changes/challenges of each trimester?
Morning sickness and fatigue may be the biggest hurdles of the first trimester, but remember these are temporary situations and the nausea (often throughout the entire day) can be remedied with dietary changes and certain medications, if your doctor approves. During your second trimester you’ll feel more energized, but will experience more physical changes as your pregnancy—and your tummy—continue to grow. You’ll feel the baby move in a first pregnancy typically between 18–22 weeks; with a second pregnancy, more likely between 16–20 weeks. It’s an exciting time when you’ll also have the chance to find out the gender of your baby—or not! It’s no surprise that during the third trimester you may feel lower back pain, pelvic pain, heartburn and shortness of breath, but as your baby and your body grow and change, you can work with your doctor to put successful coping strategies into place as you make your way to delivery day.
What is my best strategy for staying as healthy as possible?
Following a good nutrition plan is essential, and although there is no magic formula for a healthy pregnancy diet, the tried-and-true principles of filling your diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats still ring true. To keep your weight in line, your doctor will likely suggest an increase in daily caloric intake by 350 calories per day in the second trimester and 450 calories per day in the third trimester.
What tests should I be prepared for during my pregnancy?
Typical tests during your pregnancy—and their timing—include the following: 7th–10th weeks, lab work; 10th–13th weeks, optional risk-assessments for chromosomal abnormalities; 15th–21st weeks, optional blood tests to assess risk for neural tube defects; 19th–21st weeks, full anatomy ultrasound (Girl or boy? Now’s the time to ask!); 24th–28th weeks, hemoglobin recheck and screening for gestational diabetes; 35th–36th week, group beta streptococcus screening.
For more information or to schedule a new patient appointment, contact Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates in Winston-Salem at 336-765-9350, in Kernersville at 336-993-4532 or in Mt. Airy at 336-789-9076. Visit them at www.lyndhurstgyn.com.