at The Howard Center

Located in Tifton, Albany, Douglas, Valdosta, Warner Robins, Waycross, Moultrie, and Covington, GA.

Women’s health care is always important, but this is particularly true before, during, and after pregnancy when your body changes rapidly. Our expert OB/GYN team at The Howard Center offers comprehensive pregnancy care — from testing to delivery — in Tifton and Covington, Georgia. For the highest degree of patient-centered care throughout pregnancy, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today. 

Pregnancy Q & A

How can I tell whether I'm pregnant?

Every pregnancy is unique, even for the same woman. Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy can mimic premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and often include:

  • Missed period
  • Fatigue
  • Increased urination
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Light spotting
  • Mood changes
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Food aversions
  • Nasal congestion

Missing a period doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant, especially if your periods are irregular. However, women who have irregular periods, such as those in the years leading up to menopause, can still get pregnant.

If you think you’re pregnant, take a home test or schedule a pregnancy test at The Howard Center.

What are the stages of pregnancy?

Pregnancy is broken down into three main stages called trimesters.

First trimester

The first trimester is weeks 1-12. During this time, your baby’s heart begins to beat, and its brain and spinal cord develop. The likelihood of a miscarriage is relatively high during the first trimester, with 85% of miscarriages occurring in this stage.

Second trimester

The second trimester is weeks 13-27. During this stage, your OB/GYN likely performs an ultrasound to make sure your baby is developing normally. You may start to feel your baby move and kick around during this time.

Third trimester

Weeks 28-40 make up the third trimester. At this stage, you should expect weight gain to accelerate as your baby continues to grow. You may also feel increasingly tired and experience symptoms like swollen feet and pelvic discomfort.

Why is prenatal care so important?

A healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Receiving regular prenatal care helps keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. 

The highly skilled obstetrics team at The Howard Center offers complete care throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. After your first appointment, we recommend a schedule of prenatal care visits based on your needs. Prenatal care includes thorough monitoring of your health and the health and development of your baby. The providers have privileges to deliver at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton and Piedmont Healthcare in Covington.

For excellent care throughout pregnancy, call The Howard Center today or request an appointment online.