Pregnancy Specialist

Garden State Women's Center

OBGYNs located in Hackensack, NJ

Whether it’s your first or your third, pregnancy creates a range of emotions, from excitement to nervousness to fear. The compassionate team at Garden State Women’s Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, provides the support you need for a healthy and happy pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and need an OB/GYN to help you through this exciting time, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking agent.

Pregnancy Q&A

What can I expect at a prenatal visit?

Expect to spend a little extra time with the women’s health experts at Garden State Women’s Center during your first prenatal consultation. The visit includes:

  • A urine test to confirm pregnancy
  • A physical examination, including a cervical exam and Pap smear
  • Review of your medical history
  • Review of your family medical history
  • Ultrasound and fetal heart monitoring

In addition to all the information the team needs from you, the first prenatal visit is a good time for you to ask all your questions, so come prepared.

After your first visit, you follow up with the doctor once a month until 28 weeks, twice a month until you’re 36 weeks, and then weekly through delivery.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

Certain conditions may make your pregnancy high-risk, such as:

  • A history of high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Carrying twins or multiples
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being over the age of 35 or being a pregnant teen

Getting early and regular prenatal care as scheduled by the team at Garden State Women’s Center may help prevent any complications during your high-risk pregnancy and birth.

What happens during delivery?

Once you’re in labor, which is marked by an increase in contractions and your water breaking, call the doctor to see if it’s time to go to the hospital.

You may spend some time in your hospital room until you’re ready to start pushing, which is when your cervix is fully dilated. The doctor coaches you during the delivery to help you push the baby out.

For first-time mothers, pushing may take up to three hours, but if you’ve given birth before, pushing may take only two hours.

In some cases, you may need a cesarean section to safely deliver the baby. This surgical procedure may be planned in advance or emergent during delivery.

Reasons you may need a cesarean section include:

  • Health for you or your baby
  • Multiple births
  • Baby size or position
  • Labor that isn’t progressing

Is VBAC an option?

Vaginal birth after cesarean section, or VBAC, might be an option for you at Garden State Women’s Center, especially if you and your baby are healthy and progressing as scheduled and there’s no medical need for you to have a cesarean section. 

If you’re pregnant and need medical care, call the office or book an appointment online.