Prenatal Care Specialist

Pavilion for Women's Health and Wellness

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Miami, FL

If you’re pregnant, congratulations! Enjoy this exciting time while you’re growing a new life inside you. At Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami, Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon are committed to providing expert prenatal care to help you and your baby thrive, and at the same time, they want to answer all your questions to help you stay healthy and happy throughout your pregnancy. Call or schedule an appointment online today to schedule your prenatal check-ups.

Prenatal Care Q & A

Pavilion for Women's Health and Wellness

Why is prenatal care important?

Pregnancy lasts 38 weeks from conception to delivery, and during that short amount of time, a whole new person develops inside your body. Prenatal care monitors your health and the health and development of your baby to keep you both healthy and strong for a successful delivery and ability to thrive after birth.


What happens at prenatal care appointments?

Your doctor monitors your vital signs and offers advice and support to help you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. This includes advice on your diet and exercise habits and support to stop unhealthy habits like smoking or consuming alcohol which could hurt your baby.

Your doctor monitors your baby’s development by checking for heart rates and measuring your abdomen once you start to show. If any blood work or ultrasound screenings are needed, these will take place during the appointments, too.

At the end of your appointment, you have a great opportunity to ask your doctor questions about what you can expect during the next few weeks and to learn more about your baby’s development.


How often do I need to see my obstetrician during pregnancy?

You’ll have regular checkups throughout your pregnancy that increase in frequency as you get closer to your delivery date.

Typically, you’ll have checkups once a month for the first 28 weeks. Then you’ll have appointments every two weeks for weeks 28 to approximately 36. Around your 36th week of pregnancy, you’ll have a weekly check-up until your baby is born.

If your pregnancy is high-risk, you’ll have more frequent checkups and may need additional appointments for extra tests and screenings.


What’s the difference between normal prenatal care and high-risk prenatal care?

A high-risk pregnancy is when you or your baby have a higher risk of complications and need additional care. For example, women over the age of 35 or those who are obese are considered high-risk. Having conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or another illness can also make your pregnancy high-risk.

If you're carrying more than one baby, you are considered high risk. It’s also possible to start your pregnancy normally and for a condition like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia to be diagnosed and shift you into the high-risk category.

Call or schedule an appointment online today for expert prenatal care.