At Ladies First Obstetrics & Gynecology of Dothan, we understand that having a baby is one of the most cherished experiences in a woman’s life.
Which is why our physicians, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners provide a nurturing environment, first-class facilities, and specialized care before, during, and after your pregnancy. We are also the first practice to deliver babies at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama.
Our general obstetrical care includes:
- Family planning
- Prenatal care
- 4D ultrasound
- General and midwife delivery
- Reproductive medicine
- Birthing options
- High-risk pregnancy care
- Labor and delivery care
- Postpartum care
- Heartbeat bears.
To read more about pregnancy Do's & Don'ts, visit https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/dos-and-donts.
You can anticipate your first visit to last about 1-2 hours. It will entail the following:
- Filling out the required paperwork
- Meeting with one of our doctors
- Most likely having an ultrasound (but this depends on your gestational age)
- Getting lab work done
- Preparing a plan of care for the rest of your pregnancy
- Discussing your risk factors and the impact of your preexisting conditions on your pregnancy and the baby’s development and health
Our recommendation to newly pregnant patients is to notify us and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors within the first week of learning you’re pregnant. We would ideally like to do your first ultrasound between 7-10 weeks’ gestation. This means that at your first OB visit with us, you may or may not get an ultrasound as it may need to be scheduled closer to the 7- to 10-week time period.
Unfortunately, because of the risks involved, our practice does not support homebirths. We cannot assume your prenatal care if you plan to give birth anywhere other than a licensed hospital.
Many patients who find prenatal vitamins to be nausea-inducing have found that Flintstone’s Vitamins are tolerable. Taking two Flintstone Vitamins will suffice as a supplement in most cases.
Weeks 4 to 28: 1 prenatal visit a month
Weeks 28 to 36: 1 prenatal visit every 2 weeks
Weeks 36 to 40: 1 prenatal visit every week
We are a full-service obstetrical office providing all the prenatal testing you will need for a typical pregnancy. If you have a special problem, we will refer you to a perinatologist, with whom we will work closely to manage your pregnancy.
You may feel the baby move around at 18 to 22 weeks. If this is not your first pregnancy, you may feel movement earlier, at around 16 weeks.
After your first trimester (13 weeks), you may drink caffeinated beverages including coffee, tea, and diet sodas. However, we recommend no more than one cup of a caffeinated beverage a day. Alcohol is never permitted during pregnancy.
While pregnant, you may travel long distances by car until you reach 28 weeks. You should stop every 1-2 hours and walk for about 10 minutes to improve circulation and keep your feet and ankles from swelling.
You may travel by air with authorization from your doctor. Some airlines require a written letter from your doctor giving you authorization for air travel. If you go out of town, remember to bring your prenatal records with you in case of an emergency.
Yes, Ladies First offers a special, personalized experience with our exceptional midwives. Our midwives are the first to deliver babies at Flowers Hospital. Your midwife will be able to assist you in all phases of your pregnancy. Do not hesitate to contact us to get more information about this amazing service.
You can send us a message with any other questions you may have to: PatientInquiries@OBGYNofDothan.com. We try our best to answer all patient inquiries promptly.
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Giving birth is one of the most rewarding experiences in a woman’s life, and only the best obstetric care will do. At Ladies First Obstetrics & Gynecology of Dothan, our all-female team of obstetricians and certified midwives provides the special care you need to ensure a safe and healthy delivery, as well as the support you’ll need afterward.
For more information, call us today at (334) 671-9445 or (877) 671-9445 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our two convenient locations in Dothan and Enterprise, Alabama.