Pregnancy Specialist

Alane Park MD

OBGYNs located in Westlake, Los Angeles, CA

Whether you’re having your first child or your fifth, pregnancy is an emotional time. You may feel excited, nervous, and overwhelmed all at once. Dr. Alane Park takes the worry out of pregnancy so you can focus on the joy. She brings more than 20 years of OB-GYN training and experience to expecting couples in the Los Angeles area. To learn how you can have a healthy and happy pregnancy, call or schedule an appointment online.

Pregnancy Q & A

Alane Park MD

What are the early signs of pregnancy?

Do unusual cravings and strange dreams mean you’re pregnant? That might be more of an old wives’ tale than real science. Before Dr. Park confirms pregnancy with a blood test, you may see some of the real physical clues that you’re pregnant:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased urination
  • Missed period
  • Nausea, with or without vomiting
  • Sore or swollen breasts

Because good prenatal care is crucial to the health of you and your baby, it’s important to schedule a checkup as soon as you think you may be pregnant.

Why is prenatal care important?

Prenatal care is the healthcare and counseling you receive during pregnancy to protect you and your unborn baby. Pregnancy changes the foods you eat, the activities you participate in, and even the medication you take, and it starts from the very beginning.

Alane Park, MD coordinates all aspect of your prenatal care, including:

  • Blood and urine tests
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Creating your birth plan
  • Diabetes testing
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Healthy food choices
  • Safe forms of exercise
  • Symptom management
  • Tests to monitor your baby’s development

What is a birth plan?

Once Dr. Park confirms your pregnancy, start thinking about what you want from the birth experience. She supports your wishes and goals for childbirth and does everything possible to make your birth plan work while always making yours and your baby’s health the top priority.

These questions help you create your birth plan:

  • Who do you want to be with you during labor and delivery?
  • Do you want to work with a doula?
  • Do you want to nurse right away?
  • Do you want to try different positions during labor?
  • Do you want to use natural pain relief methods?
  • Do you want pain medication?
  • How do you feel about a cesarean birth?

It’s important to remember that even if you’ve expressed your birth preferences, flexibility is necessary when changes are made to protect you and your unborn baby.

At Alane Park, MD, Dr. Park and her staff are honored to share this extraordinary time in your life. To schedule your pregnancy appointment with Dr. Park, call or book online.