At Brenham Women’s Health, Dr. Aaron Campbell offers full range obstetric services for women during all stages of pregnancy, as well as evaluation and management of infertility. He thoroughly enjoys getting to share in the experience of a growing family. Brenham Hospital was recently recognized as having one of the lowest C section rates in the Houston Region. The staff at the facility handle all aspects of the patient’s care, before, during and after delivery. Let our “Family” be a part of yours.
Pregnancy Q & A
by Aaron Campbell, MD, FACOG
Why is regular prenatal care so important?
Prenatal care is important because it gives Dr. Campbell a chance to monitor both the mother and the unborn child’s progress through the different trimesters. During the monthly visits, he can watch for any signs that may indicate abnormal changes in the development of the fetus. If the mother begins to experience any abnormal signs or symptoms of chronic illness, they can be quickly addressed and brought under control, allowing the fetus to continue to develop normally. The doctor can advise bed rest or the possibility of an early C-section if something happens that puts either the mother or child in danger at any time.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is one in which either the mother or the child is at risk due to abnormal health conditions or a developmental issue that is affecting the growth of the fetus. Women who are in normally good health when they’re not pregnant can develop gestational diabetes and pregnancy-related hypertension that may require immediate medical attention so the health and development of the unborn child remain unaffected. If the mother is under high levels of stress for any reason, these conditions can develop rather quickly. Monthly checkups allow for constant monitoring, making it easy to catch any changes in the mother’s health.
Are prenatal vitamins always a necessity?
Although the mother may eat a nutritionally sound diet, there may be nutrients the baby needs that may be lacking to some degree. Doctors will prescribe prenatal vitamins to their patients to ensure both mother and child receive everything they need throughout the pregnancy, delivery, and the time spent breastfeeding. When taken as prescribed, prenatal vitamins will help ensure proper fetal development and a faster recovery time for the mother. The mother’s breast milk will also contain more nutrients, providing the newborn with what they need to thrive from the very start. While most mothers may have a diet that is sufficient, adding the prenatal vitamins provides an additional level of security.