Pregnancy Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Redding

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery located in Redding, CA

At Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding in Redding, California, Dr. Richard Mooney offers comprehensive gynecologic and urogynecologic services. Dr. Jorge Peña offers comprehensive OBGYN services, specializing in high-risk pregnancies and multiple births to ensure your pregnancy is smooth and free of complications. Dr. Peña provides compassionate and quality care before you conceive, throughout the nine months of pregnancy, and during your postpartum months as a new mom. Schedule an appointment online or by phone for an OBGYN or urogynecology consultation.

Pregnancy Q & A

Which pregnancy services are available?

Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding offers a wide variety of pregnancy care services to ensure the optimal health of you and your baby throughout the nine months of pregnancy and beyond. Services include:

  • Prenatal care
  • Amniocentesis
  • On-site ultrasounds
  • High-risk pregnancy care
  • Miscarriage management
  • Vaginal and Cesarean deliveries
  • Postpartum care and breastfeeding support

We recommend scheduling your prenatal care visits once a month until you reach week 28 of your pregnancy. After that, two visits a month are recommended until week 36; then you’ll see your doctor each week until delivery.

What happens during prenatal visits?

Your doctor monitors your vitals and your weight during each checkup. He also checks on the development of your baby through stomach measurements and ultrasounds.

As your pregnancy progresses, your doctor tests your blood glucose levels for gestational diabetes and may recommend additional testing based on your specific medical and family history.

What kinds of ultrasounds are available?

Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding offers the latest ultrasound technology, including 3D and 4D ultrasounds. This technology allows you to see advanced images of your child’s facial features and learn the gender of your baby.

Your doctor also uses ultrasound imaging to monitor the growth and development of your baby several times throughout your pregnancy. A noninvasive ultrasound also gives you the opportunity to see your baby’s movement in real time.

What is amniocentesis?

Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test your doctor may use to identify specific genetic conditions -- such as Down syndrome and spina bifida -- before your baby is born. It’s a common procedure in pregnant women over 35, or for people with existing health conditions.

Your doctor uses an ultrasound to guide a needle into the amniotic sac, where he extracts a sample of fluid that contains your baby’s DNA. He sends the fluid sample to a medical laboratory for testing.

If you need an amniocentesis, your doctor usually performs the test between weeks 14 and 20. This test may also be useful in identifying infection during your third trimester if your amniotic membranes rupture prematurely.

To learn more about available pregnancy services, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly.