Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Marion, OH

Pregnancy is a beautiful and natural process, but it can also pose health challenges for both you and your baby. Dr. Foulk and his highly skilled obstetrics team at Marion OB/GYN Inc. in Marion, Ohio, help you navigate each stage of pregnancy — identifying and controlling potential problems early and helping you make choices to optimize your growing baby’s health. If you live in Marion or nearby neighborhoods, call the obstetric experts at Marion OB/GYN Inc. for a consultation.

Obstetrics Q & A

What is an obstetrics specialist?

An obstetrics specialist is a medical professional who has undergone intensive training in all aspects of pregnancy, prenatal care, and delivery. Dr. Foulk and his hand-selected team of obstetrics experts at Marion OB/GYN Inc. ensure that you and your baby receive all of the nutritional guidance, testing, treatments, and support you need to make your pregnancy and delivery safe and happy.

Why do I need an obstetrics specialist?

The aim of your specialist at Marion OB/GYN Inc. is to identify and prevent infections and other complications with your pregnancy. Whether you’re considering pregnancy or are already happily expecting, Dr. Foulk or another team member administers a full examination with standard testing to make sure that your body is a healthy environment for a growing baby.

Your obstetrics specialist tests for:

  • Anemia
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Blood Pressure
  • Weight
  • Abdomen measurements
  • Genetic abnormalities (if needed)

At each stage of your pregnancy, your Marion obstetrics expert also monitors your baby’s growth and development through ultrasound images, cord Doppler measurements, and biophysical profile scans. Your baby may receive amniocentesis and other tests that identify genetic abnormalities and serious conditions, such as cystic fibrosis.

What kinds of recommendations does an obstetrics specialist make?

A healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and exercise are even more important when you’re pregnant. Based on your current regimen, your OB/GYN expert devises a prenatal care plan to optimize your health.

Recommendations may include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Abstaining from alcohol
  • Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet
  • Creating a fun and healthy exercise routine
  • Varying your exercise routine by trimester
  • Taking a prenatal vitamin with at least 1000 mcg of folic acid  

How is a high-risk pregnancy different from regular pregnancy?

If your OB/GYN specialist informs you that you have a high-risk pregnancy, don’t be alarmed. Any situation that’s out of the ordinary is labeled high risk so that you get the extra attention you and your baby need. Even something as joyous as carrying more than one child puts you into the high-risk category.

Other reasons your pregnancy may be high risk include:

  • Pre-existing disease or condition
  • An STD or other infection
  • You’re under 17 years, or older than 35 years  
  • History of preterm labor
  • History of preeclampsia or eclampsia
  • Three or more prior miscarriages
  • Carrying a baby with Down syndrome or other disorder

To get expert care and loving support throughout your pregnancy, call Marion OB/GYN Inc.