Obstetric Services

Whether you are expecting your first baby or your fifth, you will likely have some questions and need a trusted place to go for answers. Our team, led by Dana Shanis, MD, Board Certified in OBGYN, includes Rupa Natarajan, MD, Allison Andrews, WHNP, Susan Geiger, WHNP, and Maria Mazzotti DO, is always available to our patients and walks through the pregnancy journey with you from start to finish. When you choose Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center for your obstetrics care, you will have peace of mind that you and your baby are in excellent hands.

    

Routine Prenatal Care

Women with access to quality prenatal care have healthier babies with fewer complications. Our team provides patients with full prenatal care for all trimesters of pregnancy. 

Preconception Counseling and Testing
Our team of providers can help you start pregnancy on the right track with preconception counseling and testing. We offer compassionate care for women with infertility struggles or with a history of pregnancy loss.

High Risk Pregnancies
We refer all high risk pregnancy’s to Jefferson OBGYN, so that you will get the care from a Hospital based practice that has all the different specialists you may need.  We can continue to be your primary care provider and be there for you along the way and we communicate regularly with the group at Jefferson should you have any questions.

Family Planning
Visit any of our providers to learn the most up to date options for contraception. If you are planning for pregnancy, make an appointment for preconception counseling and testing to insure that you start your pregnancy journey off on the right track. 

Pregnancy Q&A

What are early signs of pregnancy?
Missing a period is the most obvious sign of pregnancy; however, there are many other early signs and symptoms including:

  • Nausea 
  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • Mood swings or irritability
If you think you could be pregnant, you can take an over-the-counter pregnancy test and schedule an appointment with your trusted OB/GYN at Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center to confirm pregnancy and schedule your prenatal check-ups. 

When should I start to see an obstetrician?
Most women meet with their obstetrician for the first time approximately eight weeks after their last menstrual period. At your first appointment, your doctor will confirm your pregnancy and perform an exam to measure your overall health and wellness. They will also perform a pelvic exam and Pap smear, as well as an ultrasound if you’re unsure of how far along you are in your pregnancy. 

Your doctor will talk to you about what to expect during your prenatal checkups and let you know how often you should schedule your appointments. Typically, you’ll have prenatal appointments once every four weeks for the first twenty-eight weeks of pregnancy, then every other week from twenty-eight weeks to thirty six weeks. You’ll have weekly check-ups for your final weeks of pregnancy until your baby is born.

If your pregnancy is classified as high-risk, you’ll have more frequent appointments. 

What does high-risk pregnancy mean?
High-risk pregnancies are those where there is an increased chance of a health problem for you or your baby. Most high-risk pregnancies are perfectly healthy. You just have more frequent appointments and a few extra tests so your obstetricians can keep a close eye on you and your baby’ health.

High-risk pregnancies include: 

  • Twins or multiple babies
  • Mother over the age of 35
  • Existing health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Overweight or obese mother
  • Personal history of pregnancy complications
What services are included in obstetrics?

Obstetrics includes all of your prenatal check-ups and screenings as well as support during your delivery. In addition to the standard tests like those gestational diabetes, blood pressure monitoring, and ultrasounds, the team at RWWC also offers genetic screening tests. Our providers help women to have safe, natural deliveries. 


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