Expecting a baby is an immensely exciting experience, but things don’t always go smoothly. In East Los Angeles, California, experienced OB/GYN Yao Hsu, MD, offers comprehensive pregnancy and prenatal care to ensure you and your baby stay healthy. Dr. Hsu has decades of experience supporting expectant moms and helping them deliver healthy babies. Call or drop into Yao Hsu MD, Inc. to discover how you and your family can benefit from pregnancy and prenatal care, or schedule a consultation online today.

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What is pregnancy and prenatal care?

Prenatal care provides comprehensive services, including testing, screening, ultrasound including 3D/4D delivery, and treatment, that keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy.

Dr. Hsu is a highly skilled obstetric (pregnancy) specialist. He supervises your progress, offers reliable, current pregnancy advice, helps you prepare a birth plan, and manages any issues that arise during your pregnancy.

What does pregnancy and prenatal care involve?

Pregnancy and prenatal care require regular visits to Yao Hsu MD, Inc. to monitor your health and check how your baby’s developing. During pregnancy and prenatal care visits, Dr. Hsu and his staff:

  • Weigh you
  • Measure your blood pressure
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat
  • Provide diet, exercise, and lifestyle advice
  • Help with morning sickness
  • Treat common problems like backache and swollen legs
  • Take blood and/or urine for lab tests

Lab tests identify many conditions that could be a problem during pregnancy, from infections like hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis to anemia (low iron levels in your blood), poor kidney function, and lack of immunity to rubella and varicella (chickenpox) viruses.

Expectant moms also have at least two ultrasound scans. These imaging procedures are a safe, noninvasive way to check the baby’s development by viewing moving images on a screen. Dr. Hsu can identify any problems to ensure prompt treatment if required.

Ultrasounds can also determine the baby’s sex if you want to know before birth. Dr. Hsu offers 3D and 4D ultrasound scans for the most detailed view of your baby.

How do I benefit from pregnancy and prenatal care?

Prenatal care is an invaluable preventive health tool. It ensures that you and your baby stay safe and well throughout pregnancy. Many women experience no serious problems during pregnancy, but issues can arise for some. Without treatment, these problems could put you and your baby at risk.

A common example of pregnancy and prenatal care’s value is gestational diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Gestational diabetes only occurs in pregnancy. It causes your baby to grow excessively large, and they could suffer a dangerous drop in blood glucose levels after delivery.

Early intervention takes care of these problems. However, without pregnancy and prenatal care, you’d probably never know you had gestational diabetes because the only symptoms you might experience are fatigue and weight gain, which are normal during pregnancy.

With Dr. Hsu’s expert pregnancy and prenatal care, you receive prompt, effective treatment for gestational diabetes and other problems.

To arrange a pregnancy and prenatal care consultation, call Yao Hsu MD, Inc. or request an appointment online today.