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An obstetrician is an important addition to any pregnancy journey, and choosing the right one during your child-birthing years is essential to a healthy and happy pregnancy and delivery. It is important to visit a doctor early and to continue with these appointments throughout the pregnancy. First, you need to find the right doctor.
The difference between gynecology and obstetrics
While they share similarities and often intertwine, obstetrics and gynecology are distinct medical specialties. To practice both specialties and become an OB/GYN, one must have a medical degree and an additional intensive four years of residency. Most gynecologists are also specialists in obstetrics in order to deliver babies, but not all; this is why it is so important to seek out an OB/GYN for treatment during pregnancy rather than someone who is solely a gynecologist. A gynecologist specializes in the female body alone while an OB/GYN specializes in the female body and in pregnancy care.
Obstetrics is more important than many realize
Obstetrics is the branch of medicine focused on the overall health and comprehensive care of a woman during maternity, whether she is planning to become pregnant or has become pregnant unexpectedly. If a woman is starting a family, she should seek out obstetric advice for conception that will detail the steps that lead to ovulation, fertilization and implantation. While on paper it seems straightforward, becoming pregnant is not always easy or possible. There are many complex hormonal processes that must take place in order for fertilization to be possible. Many women have questions about their fertility and menstruation that only an OB/GYN can answer. Once someone successfully becomes pregnant, the need for her to receive care for a healthy pregnancy, comfortable labor, safe childbirth, and successful postpartum recovery becomes even more important. Finding a trustworthy physician during this period of life is vital.
Not all pregnancies are low-risk and sometimes a complication will occur
While approximately 85% of pregnancies are considered low-risk, all pregnancies should be monitored for potential risks. Obstetricians are educated and experienced in all areas of pregnancy, and they are trained to pinpoint any risks that could endanger a woman or her child. During pregnancy, it is important to attend regular appointments to ensure a normal and successful fetal development. Were any risks to come up, an OB/GYN would detect them immediately and know the most effective treatment plan.
While most labor and deliveries are free of obstacles, unfortunately, complications can still occur. If a hurdle were to develop, having an obstetrician present who knows the patient’s medical history and birth plan will be a large comfort and will ensure her labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery will be as seamless as possible.
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If you are considering pregnancy, have recently become pregnant, or have questions regarding the health of your reproductive system, schedule an appointment with an obstetrician today. Avoiding stress and having confidence as you prepare to have a baby will allow you to have the best experience possible. Plus, being under the care of a physician is critical for your health and the health of the baby.