What does an Obstetrician do?
An obstetrician is an important doctor for a woman of childbearing age to have on call. This doctor is someone you should trust to discuss important woman’s health issues, namely reproductive care. Find out more about what obstetricians do and the questions you should ask at your next appointment.
What Is an Obstetrician?
An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in helping pregnant women. This doctor helps patients stay healthy during their pregnancies and is crucial to ensuring a normal delivery. In many cases, an obstetrician is better known as an OB/GYN (obstetrician and gynecologist). Some are qualified to perform important surgeries for pregnant patients, like C-sections and infertility treatments.
What an Obstetrician Does
Obstetricians have a number of responsibilities to their patients. Here are a few common duties:
- Keep a detailed account of a woman's reproductive and medical history.
- Ensure that patients take prenatal vitamins and are taking required medications to ensure the health of mother and baby.
- Treat abnormal pap smears.
- Monitor the development of the fetus and help manage any health concerns, including potential genetic problems.
- Perform prenatal ultrasounds at regular appointments and identify the sex of the child.
- Oversee childbirth.
- Help patients get pregnant with fertility procedures.
Things to Discuss with Your Obstetrician
Over time, you will develop a relationship and rapport with your obstetrician and you should feel comfortable talking about all matters related to your reproductive health. Here are a few things that you should discuss with your obstetrician at your first appointment:
- Sexual history and partners
- Exercise and diet recommendations
- Your plans to get pregnant
- Past Pap smear results (particularly if they were abnormal)
- Any past medical conditions that could complicate a pregnancy
- Any past or present pregnancy complications
- Pain management choices
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