Whether you have a routine pregnancy or a high-risk pregnancy due to gestational diabetes, advanced maternal age, or multiple births, regular prenatal care is vital. Dr. Cindy Bui, an OBGYN at Southwest WomanCare OBGYN in Houston, Texas, has extensive experience with helping women at each stage of their pregnancy. She guides women through the process, resulting in healthy pregnancies and easy deliveries.
Pregnancy Q & A
How often should I see Dr. Bui during my pregnancy?
Throughout a healthy pregnancy, Dr. Bui will see you once a month until your 28th week. From weeks 28 to 36, Dr. Bui will see you twice a month. In the last part of your pregnancy — weeks 36 to 40 — Dr. Bui usually recommends weekly visits.
For women with a high-risk pregnancy, doctor visits are usually scheduled more often. At Southwest WomanCare OBGYN, patient care is customized to meet individual needs, so Dr. Bui will discuss the frequency of appointments with each patient during her initial prenatal care consultation.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is one in which a woman, her baby, or both are at risk for medical problems. These problems can occur either during pregnancy or during delivery. A high-risk pregnancy is most commonly seen in women who are 35 and older. Other high-risk groups include mothers with previous experiences with:
- Autoimmune disease.
- Twin pregnancy.
Any woman can have a high-risk pregnancy, making prenatal care with Dr. Bui essential. If a pregnancy is high-risk, Dr. Bui will carefully monitor all stages of the pregnancy and delivery to help ensure a healthy mom and baby.
How much weight gain is normal during pregnancy?
The amount of weight gain is different for each woman, but the majority of healthy patients should gain anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds during their pregnancy. It’s vital that women gain weight in the proper way, by eating nutritionally dense foods instead of poor quality junk food. It’s much easier to achieve the proper amount of weight gain when exercising regularly. Dr. Bui recommends appropriate exercises that are safe for both you and your baby during pregnancy.
What type of medications can be taken during pregnancy?
Dr. Bui will recommend medications safe for use during pregnancy. These can include:
- Tylenol: For pain
- Benadryl: For sneezing and allergies
- Tums: For heartburn
Patients should always contact the Southwest WomanCare OBGYN office to double check before taking a new medication while they’re pregnant.