Pregnancy

Abundant Life Healthcare

OB-GYNs located in Lawrenceville, GA

When you’re expecting a baby, you have several prenatal visits to monitor your health and the health and development of your baby. You can count on Dr. Marc Jean-Gilles and the team at Abundant Life Healthcare in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to provide expert medical attention throughout your pregnancy. If you’re looking for a compassionate and knowledgeable OB/GYN, call or make an appointment online today.

Pregnancy Q & A

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How often do I need to see a doctor while I’m pregnant?

You have quite a few doctor’s appointments while you’re pregnant. Dr. Jean-Gilles suggests seeing you at least once a month for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy. Then, you have bi-weekly appointments until week 36.

From that point, you have a weekly appointment until you deliver your baby. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, for example, if you’re over the age of 35, or if you develop an issue like preeclampsia, you’ll have more frequent prenatal checkups.

Why do I need so many prenatal appointments?

Prenatal appointments allow Dr. Jean-Gilles to monitor your health, as well as the health and development of your baby. You benefit from the opportunity to ask Dr. Jean-Gilles questions about your pregnancy and your health as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby.

If any issue develops during your pregnancy, Dr. Jean-Gilles is able to diagnose it quickly and provide treatment and support to keep you and your baby healthy and strong.

Then, as you get closer to your delivery date, Dr. Jean-Gilles can further customize your care to help you have a safe and smooth delivery.

What should I expect during prenatal visits?

These appointments allow you and Dr. Jean-Gilles to see your baby, measure its development, and identify its sex.
Dr. Jean-Gilles and the team measure you, weigh you, and check your blood pressure at every appointment. They also listen to your and your baby’s heartbeats.

At certain points during your pregnancy, you’ll have specific tests to check for issues like gestational diabetes and developmental milestones for your baby. You also have a few ultrasounds — either traditional or 3D, if you opt for it — during your prenatal visits.

What is a V-bac?

V-bac stands for vaginal birth after cesarean. Historically, if you’ve had a cesarean delivery, any subsequent births must also be cesarean. However, Dr. Jean-Gilles respects the wishes of many women who prefer to have a natural birth and does his best to accommodate you. 

Dr. Jean-Gilles has a high success rate with v-bac deliveries. He carefully monitors your progress and the structural integrity of your uterus and cesarean scar for any signs of danger. If your life or the life of your baby seems to be at risk, he can quickly perform a cesarean.

If you’re looking for an experienced OB/GYN who treats your concerns and pregnancy plans with care and respect, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Jean-Gilles at Abundant Life Healthcare today.

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