Marsha K. Howerton, MD  -  - Gynecology

Marsha K. Howerton, MD

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in Midtown, Tulsa, OK

When you find out you’re pregnant, you probably have a few anxieties mixed in with your happiness. You may be worried about the baby’s development, any pain or discomfort you might experience, or complications in delivery. As an obstetrics and gynecology specialist, Marsha K. Howerton, MD, can help ensure a simple, trouble-free pregnancy for you. Call her office in Midtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, or book your appointment online, today.

Pregnancy Q & A

What are some common concerns during pregnancy?

Your pregnancy often creates many questions and anxieties, especially if it’s your first. Some of the more common complaints include:

  • Morning sickness
  • Back pain
  • Swelling ankles
  • Bleeding gums
  • Feeling hot
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Indigestion

You might also wonder about travel safety, healthy weight gain, or sexual activity among other things. Regardless of your concerns, Dr. Howerton is there to answer all of your questions and to help ease any discomfort.

What are some risk factors for pregnancy?

Dr. Howerton keeps a closer eye on you if you have pre-existing health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or asthma. You also may need more attention if you are age 35 or older since your baby has a slightly greater risk of having a birth defect.

Sometimes a patient becomes high-risk during the course of the pregnancy when certain medical conditions develop:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy-related high blood pressure
  • Restricted fetal growth
  • Abnormal placenta position

It’s important to keep your appointments so that Dr. Howerton can detect any problems early on, reducing the chances of any complications.

What can you expect from your prenatal visit?

Once Dr. Howerton confirms you are pregnant, she’ll want to see you on a regular schedule. During the last month, you’ll need to visit at least once a week.

Depending on how far along you are, office visits may include physical exams, blood tests, or blood pressure and weight checks to monitor your health. Dr. Howerton offers nutrition advice as well as exercise and activity guidelines.

Dr. Howerton also uses the most advanced technology to measure your baby’s growth, hear the heartbeat, and estimate your due date. To ensure proper development, she uses state-of-the-art 3D/4D ultrasound to provide a clearer and fuller image of the baby.

Prior to labor and delivery, Dr. Howerton prepares you with any information you need so you’ll know what to expect. Throughout the process, fetal monitoring checks the baby’s vital signs to ensure a safe delivery.

How does the OB/GYN direct your postpartum care?

After delivery, Dr. Howerton continues your care, dealing with many postpartum issues:

  • Physical healing
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Successful weight loss
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Breast tenderness

Whether you are low- or high-risk, Dr. Howerton can help ensure a worry-free pregnancy every step of the way. Call her office for information, or book an appointment online now.