Becoming pregnant, having a baby and being a new parent sounds like a succinct process, but the reality is that it is completely life-altering and can be overwhelming at times. Although exciting and beautiful, as the mother-to-be, each stage can take a major toll on both your physical and your mental well-being. Know that you are not alone. The healthcare providers at our practice offer perinatal care.

What Is Perinatal Care?

Perinatal care encompasses three months before pregnancy and up to one year after birth. It includes:

  • Preconception counseling
  • Prenatal care
  • Postnatal care


All of these components are important to help ensure the health of your baby, but also to maintain your own mental and physical health.

Preconception Counseling


Although 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, that does not mean yours has to be. By equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools you need before becoming pregnant, you will be better prepared for the road ahead. Additionally, you have to be in the best health possible, which not only improves your ability to become pregnant but also leads to a healthier pregnancy and delivery experience overall.

Prenatal Care

This is the series of appointments you will make to monitor your health and your baby’s development while pregnant. As part of your prenatal care program, you will need to take prenatal vitamins and cease certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking and drinking, prior to becoming pregnant. You will also undergo certain prenatal tests to ascertain more information about the health of your baby.

Complications During Pregnancy

After becoming pregnant, you will undergo routine prenatal testing. Some testing options will look for possible genetic abnormalities or medical concerns. If one or more conditions are discovered, it can be highly emotional and even painful. You may be faced with the decision to carry your pregnancy to term or to terminate the pregnancy. Our role as your healthcare provider is not to sway you in one direction or the other. We are here to give you all the necessary information in a digestible manner, so you can make an informed decision that works best for you and your family. Know that you will receive the utmost compassion and support from every member of your medical team.

Postnatal Care

After giving birth, you will need to go in for a checkup six to eight weeks from your delivery date, depending on if you had a vaginal or cesarean birth. This appointment will help ensure you have healed properly and can be cleared for physical activity, such as running or having sexual intercourse. Postnatal care is not only focused on your physical health. Once a baby is born, it is common for a new mother to neglect her needs during this time of change. By prioritizing your health and well-being, you ensure you are cared for and can better care for your family. If you are experiencing depression, heightened anxiety, or mental health concerns, let your healthcare provider know, so you can receive the help you need.

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PAMDs) refer to the various mental health issues that can arise when trying to become pregnant, during pregnancy and up to one year after giving birth. Causes associated with PAMDs include:

  • Depression during pregnancy
  • Loss of pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum anxiety
  • Insomnia during and after pregnancy

If you experience any of these concerns, let someone know. There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. These conditions are treatable and manageable. There is help available along with the hope for a brighter future.

Schedule Your Appointment

You deserve to receive care and support from dedicated medical professionals throughout your journey of having a baby. Contact our practice to schedule an appointment with a member of our caring staff.