Women have been having babies for thousands of years, but when it’s your turn to bring a new life into the world, it’s natural to have questions and concerns. Understanding what’s normal during pregnancy can help you feel better prepared, more relaxed, and know when it's time to call your provider.
At Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, with offices in Fayetteville, Newnan, and Stockbridge, Georgia, our care team of OB/GYNs, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants are here to answer your pregnancy-related questions and concerns.
Take a moment to review the top questions and concerns our patients have about their pregnancies.
How can I tell for sure that I’m pregnant?
The best way to know for sure whether you’re pregnant is with a blood test at our office. Even when it’s too soon to take an at-home pregnancy test, our in-office pregnancy tests can confirm a pregnancy as early as a week after ovulation.
I’m spotting. Should I worry?
Most of the time, light spotting isn’t a cause for concern. You may notice some spotting during implantation, when the egg implants into the uterus about 6-12 days after fertilization. However, if you’re worried about any spotting, call the office and schedule an appointment. We’re here to make sure everything is OK and put your mind at ease.
How many pounds will I put on?
Every pregnancy is different, and each pregnant woman is different. How much weight you gain will depend on several factors, including your weight before pregnancy, your metabolism, if you get morning sickness, the foods you eat, and how active you are. Instead of worrying about pounds, focus on your overall health and maintain regular prenatal visits.
I’m worried about morning sickness. How long does it last?
More than 50% of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness. And though it’s called morning sickness, it can strike at any time of day. For most women, morning sickness goes away after the first trimester, though for others it can last until delivery. Talk to your provider about ways to deal with morning sickness.
How many checkups will I have?
This will depend on your unique situation. Uncomplicated, healthy pregnancies that don’t have any high-risk factors typically require checkups every four weeks in the first six months, every two weeks in the seventh and eighth months, and every week thereafter until delivery.
High-risk pregnancies and pregnancies that develop complications may require more frequent checkups with your provider.
Are there things I should be concerned about?
When you partner with the team at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare, you and your baby will be in good hands. Of course, complications can arise, including:
- Twins or multiple pregnancies
- Genetic abnormalities
- Mood disturbances or disorders
- Severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum)
If you have any underlying or pre-existing medical conditions, these may also affect your pregnancy. Your provider at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare will monitor the health of you and your baby closely throughout your pregnancy.
Call our office immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience constant vomiting and nausea that won’t relent, or if you develop steady bleeding or heavy cramping.
If you’re pregnant or suspect you may be, book an appointment online or over the phone with Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare today and get your questions and concerns answered by our caring providers.