Nothing is more important than receiving the best medical care during pregnancy and delivery. Expecting parents also want to know their obstetrician supports their chosen delivery method. Dr. Gladys Dupuy at Orchid OB/GYN follows a natural childbirth philosophy that honors your birth preference, and you can rely on her many years of obstetric experience to deliver your child safely. Whether you plan to become pregnant soon or you need prenatal care, call the office in Miramar, Florida, or book an appointment online.
Preconception counseling ensures you’re in optimal health for future pregnancy and delivery. Most women don’t learn they’re pregnant until they’re about 4-6 weeks along. By then, your baby could already be affected by poor nutrition, cigarette smoking, and health conditions you may have.
When you schedule a preconception appointment, you have the opportunity to learn about potential problems and take steps to treat them before you get pregnant.
It’s especially important to manage chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and being overweight because they can lead to a high-risk pregnancy.
Prenatal care follows a routine schedule for most women, although you may need more frequent check-ups if you have a high-risk pregnancy. At every appointment, Dr. Dupuy checks the baby’s growth and heart rate, as well as your blood pressure, weight, and overall health.
Routine tests are performed throughout your pregnancy to screen for health concerns, such as high blood glucose, sexually transmitted diseases, and rubella (German measles).
Dr. Dupuy can do an ultrasound at any time, but expecting parents always look forward to the routine ultrasound around 18-22 weeks, when they may learn their baby’s sex.
During your prenatal care, you’ll learn about guidelines for weight gain, breastfeeding, and conditions that may arise and require a cesarean delivery. You’ll also develop a birth plan that outlines the type of delivery experience you want to have.
A high-risk pregnancy occurs when the mother’s or baby’s health is at risk. You can prevent some high-risk factors with preconception counseling, while others occur after you become pregnant.
You may have a high-risk pregnancy if you have any of the following:
Dr. Dupuy supports women who want a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC). After a C-section, muscles at the incision site may not regain optimal strength after they heal. This potential weakness raises the risk of a uterine rupture due to pressure during a vaginal delivery.
The risk of uterine rupture is low, however, with 60-80% of women achieving a successful VBAC. Dr. Dupuy closely monitors you and the baby during a trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC) so that rapid intervention is available should problems arise.
Please call Dr. Dupuy or book an appointment online when you need an obstetrician who works with you to ensure a healthy pregnancy and provide the type of delivery you desire.