Pregnancy Specialist

Heather Leslie-Brown, MD -  - OB-GYN

Brown's Women's Care

Heather Leslie-Brown, MD

OB-GYN located in Monroe, NC

Bringing a new life into the world can be an exciting and stressful time as your body changes to accommodate your developing child. There is a lot you can do along your journey to motherhood to ensure that you and your baby enjoy a happy and healthy start, and OB/GYN Heather Leslie-Brown will guide you every step of the way. To get started, make an appointment at Brown’s Women’s Care in Monroe, North Carolina.

Pregnancy Q & A

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is the care you receive during your pregnancy. The moment you suspect you might be pregnant, you should book an appointment with Dr. Leslie-Brown to create a plan of action that will help you and your baby successfully navigate this exciting time.

At your first appointment, the doctor will sit down with you and discuss what you can expect and some steps you can take to promote good health for both you and your baby, such as:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Exercise plans
  • Supplements
  • Medication adjustments
  • Environmental hazards
  • Travel advice

During this important visit, and during subsequent visits, you can expect Dr. Leslie-Brown to monitor your health by tracking the following:

  • Weight
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood tests and urine analyses

How often should I see the doctor?

Regular visits to the doctor are vital in tracking your health and the health of your baby, and to make sure you're meeting critical milestones. A typical schedule looks something like this:

  • Once a month between weeks 4 and 28
  • Twice a month between weeks 28 and 36
  • Weekly after week 36 until birth

These visits are also great opportunities to ask questions as you go, because you and your baby are undergoing drastic changes and the doctor can help explain them to you.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy sounds more ominous than it usually is, but the classification is designed to help women with higher risk factors bring their babies to term as safely as possible. The most common reasons for falling into the high-risk category are:

  • Age: women under 17 or over 35
  • Pre-existing medical complications, such as cancer, diabetes, or a heart condition
  • Multiple babies
  • Your baby has a medical condition
  • You smoke, drink, or use drugs
  • You have an infection, such as HIV
  • You’ve had three or more miscarriages

If you fall into the high-risk category, you can expect to see the doctor more frequently and undergo more thorough screening and testing.