Prenatal exams allow Dr. Kong to evaluate your health and your developing baby's health. At each exam, she evaluates several things, including:
Prenatal exams can be personalized for your needs.
For healthy pregnancies that don't fall into the high-risk category, prenatal exams are usually scheduled as follows:
For patients over 35, teenagers, and other high-risk patients, prenatal visits are usually scheduled more often.
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:
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.
A number of different factors can cause Dr. Kong to categorize your pregnancy as high-risk. These include:
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.
Dr. Kong accepts most PPO insurance providers. Please reach out to the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here!