Pregnancy follow-up: general practitioner, midwife or gynecologist, which professional to consult and when?
The general practitioner
First reflex: you make an appointment with your GP. And you are right. Nothing like a professional that we know and trust in managing these kinds of events. The general practitioner is informed of your background and is unbeatable about your family. Which makes it a specialist of choice.
However, although it can make the declaration of pregnancy - if it does not present complications - few women who do not turn to another professional obstetrician gynecologist or who do not come into contact with a wise -women, at some point. The general practitioner will still be solicited to treat small ailments of daily life (headaches, stomach, fever ...) Especially if they are benign in normal times, these symptoms may turn out to be signs alerts during pregnancy.
The wise woman
Another interlocutor of choice for the pregnant woman, the midwife, presents before, during and after childbirth. Indeed, although the midwife is not a doctor, her medical training allows her to prescribe treatments as part of a pregnancy monitoring and to perform ultrasounds. She can also give birth preparation classes and insure her - if the pregnancy goes off without a hitch -. Last but not least, she has a role of information and listening, deals with the re-education of the perineum, possible baby-blues and the healing of episiotomies or caesareans, after the birth of the baby.
In fact, the role of the midwife stops if she diagnoses a pathology. An abnormal smear, pelvic pain or infertility, and the latter passes the hand to an obstetrician gynecologist.
The Obstetrician Gynecologist
If he can perform the same tasks as a midwife, when faced with a healthy future mother and a pregnancy without a hitch, the Obstetrician Gynecologist also deals with pathological pregnancies: gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, risk He is also called upon if complications arise after delivery.
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