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Preconception And Prenatal Care Specialist

Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Inner Richmond & Lakeside neighborhoods, San Francisco, CA

Having a dedicated OB/GYN to whom you can turn during every step of your pregnancy is important to ensure that you and your baby are healthy. Board-certified OB/GYNs Monica Hannon, MD, FACOG and Ziyad Hannon, MD, FACOG offer comprehensive preconception, prenatal, and obstetrical care at their two San Francisco locations. Click on the online scheduling tool to book your preconception or prenatal care evaluation, or call either clinic to speak with a team member directly.

Preconception and Prenatal Care Q & A

What preconception and prenatal care steps should I take?

Ideally, you should visit with your OB/GYN before you become pregnant to undergo comprehensive preconception counseling. This gives your OB/GYN the opportunity to conduct tests and screenings to ensure your body is ready for pregnancy and to treat any issues that may affect your fertility (like polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS). It is recommended that women interested in pregnancy should start prenatal vitamins three months prior to conception and avoid travel to countries that have potential Zika virus exposure.

Why is it important to see an OB/GYN during pregnancy?

Once you become pregnant, you need ongoing prenatal evaluations to check your health, as well as the development of your baby. It’s important to see a dedicated OB/GYN during pregnancy to:

  • Screen for genetic disorders
  • Undergo nutritional counseling
  • Monitor your baby’s heart and movements
  • Ensure you’re gaining weight healthfully
  • Prevent complications, such as preeclampsia 

One of the most important components of prenatal care is planning your labor and delivery. Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility is home to a father-daughter obstetrician team who specialize in low intervention and individualized prenatal care and delivery. Dr. Monica Hannon and Dr. Ziyad Hannon routinely work with doulas as part of an interdisciplinary team during labor and delivery if desired by their patient.

When should I see an OB/GYN if I am pregnant?

If you suspect you’re pregnant, maybe you missed your period or had a positive home pregnancy test, schedule an exam at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility to confirm your pregnancy. Your OB/GYN can run a blood pregnancy test and perform an in-office obstetrical ultrasound to confirm that you’re pregnant.

As long as you’re generally healthy and experiencing a normal pregnancy, you typically need prenatal exams as follows:

  • Four to six weeks until week 32
  • Two to three weeks between weeks 32-36
  • Weekly from week 36 until delivery

If you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, like if you have gestational diabetes, your OB/GYN is likely going to recommend prenatal exams more often.

What preconception and prenatal care steps should I take?

Ideally, you should visit with your OB/GYN before you become pregnant to undergo comprehensive preconception counseling. This gives your OB/GYN the opportunity to conduct tests and screenings to ensure your body is ready for pregnancy and to treat any issues that may affect your fertility (like polycystic ovary syndrome). It is recommended that women interested in pregnancy should start prenatal vitamins three months prior to conception and avoid travel to countries that carry the risk of potential Zika virus exposure.

Why is it important to see an OB/GYN during pregnancy?

Once you become pregnant, you need ongoing prenatal evaluations to check your health, as well as the development of your baby. It’s important to see a dedicated OB/GYN during pregnancy to:

  • Screen for genetic disorders
  • Undergo nutritional counseling
  • Monitor your baby’s heart and movements
  • Ensure you are gaining adequate weight 
  • Prevent complications, such as preeclampsia 

One of the most important components of prenatal care is preparing for labor and delivery. Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility is home to a father-daughter obstetrician team who specialize in low intervention and individualized prenatal care and delivery. Dr. Monica Hannon and Dr. Ziyad Hannon routinely work with doulas as part of an interdisciplinary team during labor and delivery when desired by their patients.

When should I see an OB/GYN if I am pregnant?

If you suspect you are pregnant by missing your period or taking a home pregnancy test with a positive result, schedule an exam at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility to confirm your pregnancy. Your OB/GYN can run a blood pregnancy test or perform an in-office obstetrical ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and establish your due date.

As long as you’re generally healthy and experiencing a normal pregnancy, you typically need prenatal exams as follows:

  • Four to six weeks until week 32
  • Two to three weeks between weeks 32-36
  • Weekly from week 36 until delivery

If you’re experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, your OB/GYN may recommend prenatal exams more often.

What can I expect during a prenatal exam?

Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility offers compassionate prenatal care for all patients and LGBTQ families. During your prenatal exams, your dedicated OB/GYN may:

  • Measure your belly
  • Check your baby’s heart rate
  • Perform an in-office ultrasound
  • Perform genetic screening counseling and testing
  • Check your blood pressure and weight
  • Counsel you about planning for labor and delivery

The OBGYN team at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility collaborates to ensure that you receive the quality care and support you deserve during your journey to parenthood. 

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, schedule an appointment at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility through the website. You can also call the office nearest you directly.