Alecia Giovinazzo MD
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Staten Island, NY
Pregnancy is a life-changing event that may have you feeling excited and a little scared. At the private practice in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Staten Island, New York City, the team of obstetrics specialists at Alecia Giovinazzo, MD takes a personable approach to care. They understand all the emotions you feel during your pregnancy and provide the support and guidance you need. For comprehensive pregnancy care from a physician who takes a small-town approach, contact the office by phone or book an appointment online today.
When should I schedule my first pregnancy appointment?
You should contact the office of Alecia Giovinazzo, MD as soon as you know you’re pregnant. Though the timing of your first pregnancy appointment may vary, in most cases, you can expect your first visit eight weeks after your last menstrual period.
Early and ongoing pregnancy care is important for you and your baby’s health. Your provider manages all of your pregnancy needs, whether your pregnancy is normal or high risk.
If you’re not pregnant, but plan on trying soon, the team recommends a preconception appointment so they can assess your overall health. They also provide recommendations to ensure your pregnancy gets off to a healthy start.
What types of tests do I need during my pregnancy?
You may need a number of tests throughout your pregnancy to monitor your body and your baby’s health. Many of the tests are performed at your first prenatal exam, while others may be scheduled at various points during your pregnancy.
Common tests conducted during pregnancy include:
- Genetic screening
- Urinalysis to screen for diabetes or preeclampsia
- Pap test to screen for cervical cancer
- Screening for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, and/or gonorrhea
- Screening for hepatitis B and C
- Testing for blood type and Rh factor
- Glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes
The team at Alecia Giovinazzo, MD also offers in-office sonography, or ultrasound testing. They may perform a sonography at your first prenatal appointment to confirm pregnancy, evaluate your uterus and placenta, and predict your due date.
A sonography test is repeated during your second trimester to reevaluate your reproductive organs, as well as your baby.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy means there are potential factors that may affect your health or your baby during pregnancy or delivery.
Your pregnancy may be considered high risk if you:
- Are carrying multiples (twins or triplets)
- Have gestational diabetes
- Are younger than 17 or older than 35
- Have a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- Have placenta previa
The experts at Alecia Giovinazzo, MD specialize in the management of high-risk pregnancies. They may request more frequent office visits and additional tests to ensure you and your baby stay healthy throughout the pregnancy.
If you’re looking for a more personable OB/GYN to help you through your pregnancy, contact the office of Alecia Giovinazzo, MD by phone or schedule your visit online today.