Your Pregnancy, Our Guidance
The pregnancy journey is one of the most exciting and unique times of a woman’s life. Our obstetrics team is available to guide our patients every step of the way, ensuring top care and guidance from preconception to post pregnancy. It’s our goal to provide our patients with the proper support and preparation tools so that each woman has the best possible birth outcome. Choosing Metro OB/GYN allows every mother-to-be to know she’s in the best hands.
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Thinking of having a baby? Whether it’s your first child or your sixth, each pregnancy and delivery is unique. New questions may arise regarding your nutritional status, optimal weight gain, expectations regarding delivery mode, and health of you and your unborn child. We provide preconception consultations in our office, and may even recommend that you seek expert advice from cardiologists, perinatologists, or geneticists to optimize your pre-pregnancy health and improve your birth outcomes! This preconception visit may help us screen you for hereditary conditions which may be passed to the baby, conditions related to "advanced maternal age," as well as pre-existing conditions which may be exacerbated by the stress of pregnancy. As a result, we are able to provide deeply personalized and optimal care to each patient.
Our experienced counselors offer compassionate consultations regarding:
- Genetic carrier testing
- Immunizations before pregnancy
- Early detection of preventable problems
- Preparing for a healthy pregnancy
- Childbirth planning
The at home pregnancy stick may say “pregnant”, but we can help you know for sure! While over the counter tests have improved tremendously in accuracy, Metro OB/GYN is able to confirm without a doubt if a patient is expecting.
There are many signs of early pregnancy that you may be experiencing. Schedule your appoint if you:
- Missed your last menstrual cycle
- Are more fatigued than usual
- Have food aversions or cravings
- Have swollen or tender breasts
- Experience vomiting or nausea
- Have cramping
- Have headaches or migraines
- Have constipation
Make an appointment with us today to confirm your pregnancy and begin your prenatal plan.
Active management in each patient’s prenatal care has played a significant part in reducing miscarriages, premature deliveries, and specifically infant and maternal death. The availability of routine prenatal care allows every future mother the best opportunity for a healthy mom and healthy baby.
Up to date...all the time
Standard prenatal assessment at our office includes an early dating ultrasound, as well as genetic ultrasonography around 12 weeks gestation, a complete anatomy survey around the midpoint of the pregnancy, and a growth ultrasound in the third trimester. If you or your baby are identified as high risk, we collaborate very closely with the Maternal Fetal Medicine team at Huron Valley-Sinai and Hutzel Hospital to ensure you get the best possible care throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
Metro OB/GYN believes that your pregnancy and the birth of your baby should be among the most special and memorable experiences for you and your entire family. Let us help you through your pregnancy with:
- Comprehensive preconception, prenatal, birth, and postpartum care
- Labor and delivery planning
- Breastfeeding / lactation support
- A healthy transition into motherhood
During a normal pregnancy, the first trimester appointments consist of blood work, a vaginal ultrasound, urine analysis, a pap smear if necessary, and a check of the fetal heartbeat of your baby. In the second trimester, there are additional screenings and the 20 week ultrasound where you can see your baby and learn the gender if you wish. In the third trimester, there’s testing for gestational diabetes and group B strep, as well as a determination of the fetal position. As your due date approaches, a physician will likely conduct cervical examinations to look for signs of approaching labor. Every appointment will monitor your health and that of your baby.
Metro OB/GYN schedules initial appointments to confirm pregnancy around 7-10 weeks gestation. Continued appointments tend to be every 4 weeks until a patient reaches 28 weeks gestation, when they move to every 2 weeks. At 36 weeks gestation, weekly appointments are scheduled.
If your pregnancy has been determined to be high-risk, the frequency of your appointments may be increased with either antenatal testing or the perinatology department.
A high-risk pregnancy will require closer attention and monitoring. Patients who are considered high-risk will have a slightly different care structure that allows our providers to check for any signs of distress more frequently. There will be a need for antenatal testing which consists of ultrasounds, non stress testing, consultation with the perinatologists (high risk or MFM doctors), and additional visits to track the high-risk conditions. Metro OB/GYN is experienced in high-risk pregnancies and is able to offer the support and extra checks that such patients require.
Labor and Delivery Management
Metro prepares our patients well before labor begins, so every person knows what to expect, and when to expect it. Each woman’s labor plan is important to us, and our medical expertise and emotional support will help make every birth experience as positive as possible.
Our staff delivers personalized maternity care at our top rated hospitals. The maternity care team begins by listening to you and your delivery plan to provide the care that’s right for you and your baby. At our affiliated hospitals, we have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week coverage and availability from our obstetrics physicians and anesthesiologists. With our exceptional maternity care team, we are able to respond quickly and efficiently to our patient’s every need.
Giving birth is called labor for a reason-it can be hard work! While you can prepare for what can be unpredictable, our staff has seen it all and is ready for anything. From pain management techniques, to epidurals, the Metro OB/GYN team will support every patient for maximum comfort. We encourage our patients to prepare through regular exercise, birthing classes, and independent research.
With so many decisions to make about your labor and delivery, a birth plan helps our physicians know your preferences and hopes. Discuss your goals with our team, so we can do our utmost to help you achieve the delivery you wish for.
Our labor and delivery team is ready when your baby is!
We’re with you every step of the way
Metro OB/GYN’s role as a health provider and resource doesn’t end when our patients deliver their baby. Our postpartum care begins immediately after birth, and continues for weeks afterwards. Immediately after delivery, our nurses are available to help each new mother acclimate to breastfeeding, changing diapers, and more. Even the most experienced mothers utilize our staff for questions and assistance.
During the discharge process, our team advises on proper discharge instructions and newborn education. We want every patient to feel prepared as they return home. In the days and weeks after delivery, it’s important for each new mother to monitor their physical and mental health as they adjust to their newest addition, and reach out to Metro OB/GYN with any concerns. Our obstetrics team takes every step to make each patient have a healthy and happy transition into motherhood, from delivery and onwards.
Metro OB/GYN will also schedule an outpatient appointment at our office for a postpartum visit. If the labor was a normal vaginal delivery, patients can expect to have their first appointment in approximately six weeks, although it may be sooner if she had a maternal medical complication. For a Cesarean delivery, the postpartum appointment tends to be a week or two after the c-section, and again at the six-week mark. At these appointments, we review vital signs, emotional well-being, physical well-being related to the delivery, and answer any questions about breastfeeding and breast health. This is also the time where we can discuss the timing of a subsequent pregnancy or other options.
Are you experiencing any discomfort or concerns since your hospital discharge? Don’t wait for your follow-up appointment! Our office is always open for your calls, so your comfort can be reached as quickly as possible. Contact us immediately for any potential issues or worries.
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
Being pregnant during a pandemic is challenging enough, but add masks, changing guidelines, and new vaccines into the picture, and you get the perfect set-up for confusion. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has provided an excellent summary of vaccination recommendations.
- Everyone is eligible for vaccination, including pregnant and lactating women!
- Every person should talk to their doctor about their vaccination concerns
- Side effects tracked through the main registries of V-Safe and VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) have been similar for pregnant and non-pregnant individuals
- Tylenol is safe for vaccine side-effects such as fever and headache
- Vaccine components are not affecting fetuses, placentas, or breast milk, but antibodies are crossing over to babies and offering protection against COVID illness
When you meet with your Metro Doctor, you can be assured that he or she has read through the latest updates and recommendations from the CDC, ACOG, and ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) to bring you the best information.