What You Need to Know to Get Through Your First Pregnancy

Doctor with pregnant woman

Finding out that you’re pregnant for the first time is one of life’s most special moments. Then, the questions set in. What should you expect throughout your pregnancy, and what will it really be like to carry a baby for nine months? At Riverside Community Hospital, we have all of the support services you need throughout your pregnancy and your delivery. In fact, our OBGYNs deliver more than 87 percent of the babies in the city of Riverside. As you adjust to being pregnant, here are a few things you should know.

There’s No Such Thing as Normal

Every woman’s pregnancy experience is unique. Some women deal with intense morning sickness, while others never even feel queasy. For others, symptoms like headaches and bloating are a problem. While you should always report symptoms that make you uneasy to your doctor, do not worry if your pregnancy isn’t exactly like your friend’s pregnancy. Women experience pregnancy in so many different ways, even from child to child, that gauging what counts as typical is impossible.

You Need Regular Doctor Visits

You may feel like you’re constantly running to check-ups when you’re pregnant, but that’s a good thing. At each appointment, your OBGYN will check your weight, blood pressure, and baby’s heartbeat. She will also screen your urine for proteins and sugars. With these regular checks, your OBGYN can catch any complications that may arise early, so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

Help Is Available for Your Symptoms

Your body undergoes massive changes when you’re pregnant, thanks to hormonal shifts. It’s unlikely you won’t notice them, but you don’t have to suffer through symptoms that make you truly miserable. Discuss your morning sickness, swelling, acne, or other issues with your OBGYN. You may be surprised by how many options you have to treat your symptoms in ways that are completely safe for your baby.

If you’re pregnant, schedule an appointment with a Riverside Community Hospital OBGYN. Our doctors can give you care throughout your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. You can learn more about all of our hospital services, from our birth center to our heart hospital, by calling (951) 788-3000. 

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