Pregnancy Specialist

Pregnancy is a time of joy, excitement, and major changes in your body. Women who are expecting a baby can rely on Dr. Stephanie Kong, an OB/GYN at Her Medical Clinic, to help them throughout all of those changes as they move through the different stages of pregnancy. From healthy low-risk pregnancies to high-risk pregnancies, Dr. Kong provides the support that women in Beverly Grove and downtown Los Angeles need.

Pregnancy Q & A

What are prenatal exams like?

Prenatal exams allow Dr. Kong to evaluate your health and your developing baby's health. At each exam, she evaluates several things, including:

  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Measurement of your belly
  • Lab work as needed, which may include blood and urine tests

Prenatal exams can be personalized for your needs.

How often do you have prenatal exams?

For healthy pregnancies that don't fall into the high-risk category, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows:

  • Every four weeks until you reach the 28th week of your pregnancy
  • Every two to three weeks from week 28 until the 36th week
  • Once a week from the 36th week until birth

For patients over 35, teenagers, and other high-risk patients, prenatal visits are usually scheduled more often.

Which tests check on the baby's health?

At key points during your pregnancy, Dr. Kong and her team may recommend an ultrasound during prenatal exams. Ultrasounds are a great tool for measuring the baby’s growth to make sure size and weight are on track.

Should anything crop up during routine health checks, or if you fall into a high-risk category, Dr. Kong may want to investigate further with an amniocentesis, a procedure that gathers a small sample of your amniotic fluid. This fluid provides valuable indicators of the following:

  • Down syndrome and other conditions
  • Lung development
  • Infections or illnesses

Dr. Kong also uses amniocentesis to remove excess fluid from the uterus, which is recommended for most high-risk pregnancies.

An amniocentesis is generally considered to be a safe procedure, but it does run a small risk of miscarriage. Dr. Kong ensures that you understand every step of the procedure beforehand and why it’s important.


What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A number of different factors can cause Dr. Kong to categorize your pregnancy as high-risk. These include:

  • Previous miscarriages
  • Age over 35
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Multiple pregnancies — twins, triplets, or more
  • Fetal health problems, including abnormally fast or slow growth

Vaginal delivery or C-section?

Deciding between natural birth or cesarean section should take all health factors of mother and baby into account. For some pregnancies, a scheduled C-section is the safest option. For many others, vaginal delivery is best.

The most important thing is to stay flexible. Dr. Kong will do everything possible to help you have the delivery of your choosing while making sure that you and your baby are healthy.

Make a pregnancy care appointment using the online tool anytime, or call the office to see Dr. Kong soon.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Kong accepts most PPO insurance providers. Please reach out to the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here!

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Capital Blue Cross
Cigna
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Medi-Cal
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