Pregnancy brings a lot of joy and excitement for expecting mothers but can also mean an increase in health concerns for you and your baby. If you’re pregnant and dealing with a medical issue, do you go to an emergency room or an urgent care? While these two options will both work, it depends on the particular health issue. We’ll take a look at when it’s best to go to an urgent care for pregnancy services and when it’s best to go to an ER instead.
Metro OBGYN has an Urgent Care?
Yes! One of the best parts about Metro OBGYN is that we offer a range of services for women that include infertility, pelvic health, general gynecology, pregnancy, and urgent care for all things OBGYN-related. Metro OBGYN Urgent Care allows walk-in patients that need immediate attention.
Metro OBGYN Urgent Care treats issues such as:
- Breast Health
- Bladder Health
- STD Screening
- Vaginal Infections
- Other Issues
It’s essential to note that our OBGYN Urgent Care does not treat:
- Preventive Services
- Primary Care
- Annual Exams
- Recurring Treatments
For acute illness or injury, an urgent care will be able to offer assistance, but if you’re suffering from a life-threatening situation, it’s advised to go directly to an emergency room.
If I’m Pregnant, Can I Go to Metro OBGYN Urgent Care?
Metro OBGYN Urgent Care isn’t just for women seeking immediate treatment for gynecological issues. Many women who are pregnant find that there is a wide range of services dedicated for expectant mothers.
Pregnancy heightens every illness or symptom, and many women head to a hospital for non-emergency reasons, even though a trip to an urgent care can save time and money. Below, we highlight the first, second, and third-trimester problems where urgent care can be helpful for pregnant women.
Pregnancy is different for every woman. Some may experience an easy first trimester while others experience a rougher first three months, as morning sickness, spotting, and fatigue can take its toll. Below are a few instances where you’ll want to go to an urgent care.
During the first trimester, Metro OBGYN Urgent Care can assist with:
- Confirming Pregnancy: Usually done by a urine or blood test.
- Morning Sickness: Symptoms of morning sickness such as nausea, severe vomiting, fever, pain, and dehydration. Providers may prescribe medication, use IV to restore electrolytes and nutrients, and check for hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a severe form of morning sickness.
- First Trimester Spotting: Occurs in about 20% of women according to the American Pregnancy Association. Seeing a provider can help ease any worries about you and your baby.
- Urinary Tract Infection: Symptoms of UTI include painful urination, frequent urination, and more. Pregnant women are more prone to UTIs, but providers can help with treating the symptoms.
- Yeast Infection: Symptoms may include white discharge or vaginal itching, and while yeast infections are not usually dangerous during pregnancy, a provider can help treat the issue with a pregnancy-safe prescription.
- Mild Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that is related to high blood pressure, and can be life-threatening. Symptoms of mild preeclampsia include headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
- Preterm Labor: If you think you’re in preterm labor, you can go to an urgent care, and if you are in labor, you’ll be sent to the hospital.
Second & Third Trimester
If you’re experiencing issues and symptoms such as the ones above and you’re in the second and third trimester, you can still visit an urgent care. Depending on how far along you are, you may want to consult with your primary obstetrician before going to an emergency room.
When Should You Go to the ER?
While visiting our urgent care can be efficient and cost-effective, there are a few instances where you’ll want to skip urgent care and head straight to the ER.
Visit the emergency room if you’re experiencing:
- Pain in Your Chest
- Pressure in Your Chest
- You Think You’re Suffering a Miscarriage
- Extreme Vaginal Bleeding
- Severe Abdominal Pain
- Severe Preeclampsia Symptoms
- Signs of Preterm Labor in Second or Third Trimester
- Loss of Consciousness
Need Immediate Care?
When health concerns arise, you may not be able to get an appointment with your primary care provider right away. Metro OBGYN Urgent Care is an excellent option for expectant mothers seeking immediate care. Experience the benefits of urgent care when you walk into our Woodbury Metro OBGYN Urgent Care location today.
Learn more about our Urgent Care offerings here!