Perinatal Care & Support
Becoming pregnant, having a baby, and being a new parent sounds like a succinct process, but the reality is that it is completely life-altering and can be overwhelming at times. Although exciting and beautiful, as the mother-to-be, each stage can take a major toll on both your physical and your mental well-being. Know that you are not alone. The health care providers at Rock Hill GYN & OB in Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC, offer perinatal care.
What is Perinatal Care?
Perinatal care encompasses the period of 3 months before pregnancy and up to one year after birth. It includes:
- Preconception counseling
- Prenatal care
- Postnatal care
All of these are important components to ensuring the health of your baby but also to maintaining your own mental and physical health.
Although 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, that does not mean yours has to be. By equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools you need before becoming pregnant, you will be better prepared for the road ahead. Additionally, you will ensure that you are physically in the best health possible which not only improves your ability to become pregnant, but also leads to a heathier pregnancy and delivery experience overall.
This is the series of appointments you will go to monitor your health and your baby’s development while pregnant. As part of your prenatal care program you will need to take prenatal vitamins and cease certain lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking if you have not done so prior to becoming pregnant. You will also experience certain prenatal tests to ascertain more information about the health of your baby.
Complications During Pregnancy
After becoming pregnant you will undergo routine prenatal testing. Some of the testing options will look for possible genetic abnormalities or medical concerns. In the event that one or more of these are discovered, it can be highly emotional and even painful. You may be faced with the decision to carry your pregnancy to term or to terminate the pregnancy. Our role as your health care provider is not to sway you in one direction or the other. We are here to give you all of the necessary information in a digestible manner so you can make an informed decision that works best for you and your family. Know that you will receive the utmost compassion and support from every member of your medical team.
After giving birth, you will need to go in for a checkup six to eight weeks from your delivery date, depending on if you had a vaginal or cesarean birth. This appointment will make sure you have healed properly and can be cleared for physical activity such as running or having sexual intercourse. Postnatal care is not only focused on your physical health. Once a baby is born, it is very common for a new mother to neglect her own needs during this time of change. By prioritizing your own health and well-being, you ensure you are taken care of so you can better take care of your family. If you are experiencing depression, heightened anxiety, or have any mental health concerns, let your health care provider know so you can receive the help you need.
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PAMDs, is a term that refers to the various mental health issues that can arise when trying to become pregnant, during pregnancy, and up to one year after giving birth. Causes associated with PAMDs include:
- Depression during pregnancy
- Loss of pregnancy
- Postpartum depression
- Postpartum anxiety
- Insomnia during & after pregnancy
In the event that you experience any of these concerns at any time, let someone know. There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. These conditions are treatable and manageable. There is help available along with the hope for a brighter future.
Schedule Your Appointment
You deserve to receive care and support from dedicated medical professionals all throughout your journey of having a baby. Contact Rock Hill GYN & OB to schedule an appointment with a member of our caring staff.