Pregnancy Specialist

Whether you’re having your first child or your fifth, pregnancy is an emotional time. You may feel excited, nervous, and overwhelmed all at once. Our Office and doctor takes the worry out of pregnancy so you can focus on the joy. She brings more than 15 years of OB-GYN training and experience to expecting couples in the northern NJ. To learn how you can have a healthy and happy pregnancy, call or schedule an appointment online.

Pregnancy Q & A

What are the early signs of pregnancy?

Do unusual cravings and strange dreams mean you’re pregnant? That might be more of an old wives’ tale than real science. Before Doctor confirms pregnancy with a blood test, you may see some of the real physical clues that you’re pregnant:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased urination
  • Missed period
  • Nausea, with or without vomiting
  • Sore or swollen breasts

First trimester: During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, your body undergoes major hormonal changes that affect nearly every system of your body. These changes are responsible for stopping your menstrual cycle and causing a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Morning sickness
  • Food cravings or repulsions
  • Aversion to certain smells
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation

Second trimester: From weeks 13 to 28 of your pregnancy, your initial symptoms may ease up or disappear completely. As your baby grows bigger, you may begin to experience symptoms related to weight gain, such as lower back pain; you may also start to develop stretch marks, or experience swelling in your ankles, fingers, or face.

Third trimester: From week 29 until you deliver, your baby continues to grow larger every day, taking up more space in your body and leaving less room for your internal organs. Many women experience shortness of breath and the urge to urinate throughout the third trimester.

Why is prenatal care important?

Prenatal care is the healthcare and counseling you receive during pregnancy to protect you and your unborn baby. Pregnancy changes the foods you eat, the activities you participate in, and even the medication you take, and it starts from the very beginning.

Our office coordinates all aspect of your prenatal care, including:

  • Blood and urine tests.
  • Blood pressure testing.
  • Creating your birth plan
  • Diabetes testing
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Healthy food choices
  • Safe forms of exercise
  • Symptom management
  • Tests to monitor your baby’s development

What does routine prenatal care include?

Prenatal care may begin with preconception counseling or with a pregnancy test, depending on your situation, and continues up to delivery. You’ll undergo a health assessment, a pelvic exam, and have an ultrasound to help establish a due date. As the weeks continue, Doctor will perform regular ultrasound screenings and a variety of tests to assess your health as well as that of your baby’s. Common tests include:   

  • Tests to determine your blood type and Rh factor
  • Sexually transmitted infection screenings
  • Hepatitis B and C screenings
  • Glucose screening test (to check for gestational diabetes)
  • Fetal health screening tests

Routine prenatal checkups in non-high risk pregnancies typically occur once a month through the end of the second trimester, twice a month between weeks 28 and 36, and once a week until delivery.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy means that you or your baby require special monitoring or care throughout your pregnancy. Some women have factors that qualify their pregnancies as high-risk from the start. If you’re over the age of 35, obese, or have a chronic condition like diabetes, your pregnancy is considered high-risk.

Dr. Mann provides comprehensive prenatal, labor, and delivery care to women with high-risk pregnancies.

What is a birth plan?

Once Doctor confirms your pregnancy, start thinking about what you want from the birth experience. She supports your wishes and goals for childbirth and does everything possible to make your birth plan work while always making yours and your baby’s health the top priority.

These questions help you create your birth plan:

  • Who do you want to be with you during labor and delivery?
  • Do you want to work with a doula?
  • Do you want to nurse right away?
  • Do you want to try different positions during labor?
  • Do you want to use natural pain relief methods?
  • Do you want pain medication?
  • How do you feel about a cesarean birth?

It’s important to remember that even if you’ve expressed your birth preferences, flexibility is necessary when changes are made to protect you and your unborn baby.

At JN Obstetrics &Gynecology and her staff are honored to share this extraordinary time in your life.