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Pregnancy & Prenatal Care Specialist

Ashley E. Papapetrou, DO -  - Obstetrics & Gynecology

Aphaea Women's Health

Ashley E. Papapetrou, DO

Obstetrics & Gynecology & Aesthetic Center and Woman Wellness located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

As you prepare for motherhood, getting great prenatal and pregnancy care is important to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy. Ashley Papapetrou, DO, of Aphaea Women's Health in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, is the obstetrician of choice for many women in the area, and she offers unparalleled pregnancy and prenatal care. Call or click today to set up your visit, and know that house calls are an available option.

Pregnancy & Prenatal Care Q&A

What is prenatal care and why is it important?

Prenatal care is the health care you need as you move through the stages of pregnancy. Ideally, you’ll begin working with Dr. Papapetrou even before you conceive to prepare your body for the demands of pregnancy.

It’s important to schedule your initial prenatal care visit as soon as you learn or suspect you’re pregnant. This allows Dr. Papapetrou the chance to begin screenings and support as soon as possible.

An expansive body of research supports the fact that women who receive outstanding prenatal care are far more likely to have a healthy pregnancy than those who are not able to receive these essential services. Regardless of whether this is your first or fourth pregnancy, take the time to get the care you and your baby need to thrive during this special time of life. 

What are the elements of pregnancy care?

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, pregnancy care has never before been so involved and effective. Women have access to screening options that can inform and shape prenatal care, and today’s tests provide insight far earlier in a pregnancy than in years past. 

Your initial prenatal care visit will be a bit longer than subsequent appointments. Dr. Papapetrou gathers information about your vital signs and overall health, and she incorporates that data into your medical record. 

You’ll learn which prenatal vitamins are the best and how to manage morning sickness or other issues that often arise in the early stages of pregnancy. At this point, you’ll also learn what to expect in terms of future prenatal scheduling.

Your prenatal visits will include targeted screening for various maternal health issues like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Your baby is also screened for developmental issues and other rare but potential complications.

As you move toward the end of your pregnancy you’ll likely have more frequent visits. A lot can change in these final weeks and days, but you’ll have the support of Dr. Papapetrou as you move closer to meeting your new baby.

What happens if I have a high risk pregnancy?

There are many things that can lead your pregnancy to be labeled “high risk.” Some issues are more serious than others, so there is no need to feel overly anxious if you find out you fall into a high risk category.

High risk pregnancies simply need a bit more time and attention, but Dr. Papapetrou has extensive experience with all kinds of pregnancy concerns. She’ll advise you on how you can support your own health and your baby’s health as you move through the process, and she’s always available if a concern or question arises.

House calls are available as part of an obstetrics membership package. Be sure to ask for details about this option, especially if you are concerned about travel during a high risk pregnancy.

Booking a prenatal visit takes just moments online or over the phone, so don’t delay setting up these essential appointments.