Obstetrics Specialist

Samuel M. Alexander, MD

OB-GYN located in Metairie, LA

Pregnant women in Metaine, Louisiana have access to state-of-the-art obstetrics services with Dr. Alexander. He has significant experience in caring for women throughout pregnancy.

Obstetrics

What is obstetrics? How is different from gynecology?

While both obstetrics and gynecology address female reproductive health, obstetrics specifically relates to the care and treatment of pregnant women. Obstetricians are often also gynecologists, and can provide care to women throughout their lives. While a woman is pregnant the obstetrician performs certain services including:

  • Monitoring the health of the mother and developing baby during routine visits
  • Providing advice on diets, exercise, medications, and staying healthy
  • Helping patients with common pregnancy complaints including heartburn, leg and back pain, and morning sickness
  • Answering any questions about pregnancy, fetal development, and labor and delivery

Why do I need prenatal care?

Prenatal care assists to keep you and your child healthy. Babies of mothers who don’t receive prenatal exams are three times more likely be born with a low birth weight and five times more likely to die. The physician can identify health issues early when mothers have regular exams. Doctors can also discuss what the mother can do to provide their unborn child with a healthy start.

What happens during the prenatal evaluation?

The prenatal evaluation and exam will include several routine health checks and tests, including blood work, obtaining weight and blood pressure, and collection of urine samples. As the pregnancy moves forward, the OB/GYN will oversee the baby’s heart rate in addition to yours and will use ultrasounds to monitor the development and growth of the fetus. Prenatal checkups will take place throughout the entire course of the pregnancy, up to delivery.

How often do I need to see the doctor while I'm pregnant?

Prenatal care is very important to keep women and their unborn babies healthy and to identify potential risks that could interfere with pregnancy and delivery. Most women will need to see their doctor every month for the first seven months or so, then every other week until week 36, and then every week until delivery. Women who have high-risk pregnancies will probably need to be seen more frequently.

Insurance Providers

We accept all major medical insurances, except for: Humana Gold, People’s Health, or Tricare. For any other insurance questions, please contact my office.

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