Prenatal & Maternity Care

For pregnant women, regular visits to Primary Care Partners of South Bend for prenatal and maternity care are essential to a healthy pregnancy and baby. These visits can be very exciting for expecting mothers. Women will learn their due date, hear and see their baby for the first time, and learn what to expect during pregnancy and labor.

However, pregnancy can also be an uncertain and worrying time for expectant mothers. We understand this and are here to help you with maternity care and put treatment plans into place. To support you and your baby, we always care for pregnant mothers with respect and dignity.

At Primary Care Partners of South Bend, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and we want to be here every step of the way. It is important to share your detailed medical history with your doctor so they can learn how to best support you and your developing baby. For more general information and resources regarding maternity care, visit the CDC’s maternal and infant health page.

Gestational Diabetes

This common condition is a result of high blood pressure in pregnant women. It affects how your cells use sugar and as a result can cause complications in the baby’s health. Often, there are little to no symptoms initially but can cause the baby to be born with low blood sugar or breathing problems. It may also put the mother at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.

To avoid complications, we test for gestational diabetes with a blood sugar test. Treatment plans vary but generally include monitoring blood sugar daily, exercising more, eating healthier, and in some cases with very high blood sugar levels, medications may be used.

Asthma

If you already have asthma, it becomes even more important to manage the condition and symptoms while pregnant. Babies will develop better if the mother can breathe easily.

Most treatments for asthma will not affect the developing baby. Make sure to inform us if you have asthma and are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. We will then be able to work closely with you to set up a plan to better manage your asthma.

Mood Disorders

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact your local hospital immediately by calling 911

During pregnancy and after the baby is born, it is very common for women to develop depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. Additionally, a woman with a history of substance abuse, family history of depression, marital or financial problems, and lack of support can have a higher risk for mood disorders during pregnancy.

Symptoms of a mood disorder during pregnancy may include

  • Frequent feelings of sadness or hopelessness and/or frequent crying
  • Losing interest or excitement in becoming a mother
  • Strong anxiety or fear, especially about not being a good mother
  • Losing sleep or consistently low energy
  • Loss or increase in weight and/or appetite
  • Frequent headaches, chest palpitations, or hyperventilating

If during pregnancy these feelings become present or more apparent, schedule an appointment right away. We have several options for mental health support.

Our Philosophy

We are here to support you and your child throughout your pregnancy unconditionally and without judgment. At our practice, a healthy pregnancy, mother, and baby are always our top priorities. If you have just found out you’re expecting – congratulations! We are here to answer all your questions and help you through the entire process – you can request a maternity care appointment online or give us a call at (574)251-1200 to set up a prenatal care plan today!

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