Pregnancy Specialist

Metro Health and Wellness LLC

Kirstie Cunningham, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN located in Atlanta, GA

Dr. Kirstie Cunningham is a Board Certified OB/GYN who specializes in all aspects of pregnancy care, including childbirth. The doctor and staff of Metro Health and Wellness serve the residents of Atlanta, Georgia, and many nearby communities.

Pregnancy Q&A

by Kirstie Cunningham, MD, FACOG

When Should a Pregnant Woman Have her First Checkup?

A woman should schedule a gynecological examination as soon as she begins to see signs of a pregnancy. The early the doctor is able to determine the health of the mother and child, the sooner they can establish a delivery date and begin to monitor each one for potential milestones and any type of abnormality. In the majority of cases, both mother and child will remain healthy throughout the pregnancy. The doctor may prescribe prenatal vitamins to ensure that both the mother and child receive the nutrients they need to maintain good health. The doctor can recommend dietary changes and delivery exercises that may be beneficial for the birthing process.

Why is Prenatal Care so Important?

Prenatal care is important for two reasons. First, it allows the doctor to detect, diagnose, and treat any potential health problems with either the mother or the child. Secondly, it allows the doctor to evaluate the nutritional needs of both the mother and child. Once the doctor has a good idea of how nutritionally sound the mother's diet is, they can prescribe a multivitamin/mineral supplement that will ensure the nutritional needs of both the mother and child are met. The doctor can closely monitor the growth of the child and ensure that important milestones are reached on time. Wellness exams help to ensure the health of the mother and her unborn child on all levels.

What is Common Health Conditions That Affect Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, there are several health conditions that can affect the health of the mother or child. Gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, and severe morning sickness are health conditions that should be closely monitored and effectively treated to ensure the health of the mother and her unborn child. The majority of these conditions will eventually disappear as soon as the child is born, however, pre-eclampsia must be taken care of immediately to protect the health of both the mother and the child. Women who smoke may give birth to children with lower than normal birth weights. This is also something that should be closely monitored to ensure the health of the unborn child.