One of the most exciting times in a woman’s life is pregnancy, and knowing you have the best medical care to ensure a healthy delivery is vital to your peace of mind. Carlos G. Peña, MD, FACOG, provides state-of-the-art pregnancy services in a friendly, welcoming environment at his office in Coral Gables, Florida. Dr. Peña specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, so women in the greater Miami area can receive the highest standard of medical care throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, call the office or schedule a consultation online.
There are quite a few signals that many women experience during the first few weeks after becoming pregnant. You may not even realize you’re pregnant yet, but your body goes through a slew of changes from the inside out. Most of these pregnancy symptoms are the result of hormones preparing your body for a growing baby and include:
Some women experience many of these early pregnancy symptoms while others may not. The early signs of pregnancy are often so similar to those that occur right before your period that you may not realize the difference. If you think you may be pregnant, taking a home pregnancy test can confirm your suspicion.
If a home pregnancy test is positive, Dr. Peña recommends making an appointment as soon as possible. The experienced OB/GYN team conducts a simple blood test to confirm your pregnancy. Dr. Peña also performs an exam to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and talks to you about prenatal care.
Prenatal medical care is essential for a healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby, and Dr. Peña and his talented, caring team are with you every step of the way from your first weeks of pregnancy to the exciting moment when you deliver your baby.
As your due date approaches, your body makes even more changes to prepare for your baby's delivery. You may notice that you carry your baby lower in your pelvis, taking pressure off your rib cage. Many women experience Braxton Hicks contractions or cramping, signaling that your cervix is widening for delivery.
Signs that you’re in labor include more intense contractions, more frequently, and your water may break, releasing the fluid that surrounds your baby. When you’re truly in labor, your contractions begin to last longer and occur at regular intervals. Dr. Peña and his team are highly experienced at delivering babies, so if you think you’re in labor, call the office.
Choosing a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable medical team to share your journey with you at each stage of pregnancy can make all the difference in your health and wellbeing. Call the office for an appointment, or schedule a consultation using the online system.