As you progress through your pregnancy and anticipate delivery, nothing is more important than having a doctor who’s highly experienced and provides the personal attention you need. That’s the type of compassionate care you receive from Dr. Anna Le and the team at Annandale Ob-Gyn. They offer comprehensive care from conception through delivery, including on-site lab work, 3D and 4D ultrasound, and specialized testing when needed. If you have any questions, call one of the offices in Annandale and Alexandria, Virginia, or book an appointment online.

What should you expect during prenatal care?

During your pregnancy, prenatal visits are scheduled once a month until your third trimester. Appointments are biweekly from weeks 29-36, then you’ll have weekly care until delivery. During this time, the team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care tracks your baby’s growth and heart rate, as well as your weight, blood pressure, and overall health.

All women receive routine blood tests at specific times during pregnancy to check for health conditions that could affect the mother and baby, such as:

  • Anemia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Bladder or kidney infections
  • Hepatitis B
  • Chlamydia and other sexually-transmitted infections
  • Rubella and chickenpox

Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care has an in-office laboratory, so your blood can be drawn during your prenatal visits and tests conveniently performed on site.

When will you have an ultrasound?

Your doctor at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care can perform an ultrasound any time it’s needed during your pregnancy. Ultrasounds are often done during the first semester to verify a pregnancy, and most women have a routine ultrasound in the second trimester around 18-22 weeks.

The second-trimester ultrasound gives your doctor the opportunity to evaluate your baby’s physical development, screen for congenital problems, estimate gestational age, and check the amount of amniotic fluid. The doctor may also be able to determine your baby’s gender.

What are 3D and 4D ultrasound?

The team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care are proud to offer 3D and 4D ultrasounds. With 3D imaging, you can see your baby’s face and anatomy as a static three-dimensional image, while 4D imaging produces a live-streaming video that shows your baby’s movement.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy exists when any condition poses a risk to you or your baby, before, during or after delivery. You can rely on the team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care because they have extensive experience caring for women with high-risk pregnancies.

In some cases, a high-risk pregnancy develops due to a medical condition the mother had before getting pregnant. Preconception counseling can help you avoid this type of high-risk pregnancy by identifying any problems and taking steps to treat them well before you plan to become pregnant.

The most common causes of a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Mother aged 35 and older
  • Multiple babies
  • Baby has birth defects
  • History of prior premature delivery or premature baby
  • Mother underweight or overweight prior to becoming pregnant
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Underlying medical conditions:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disease
  • Anemia