Pregnancy Specialist

Central Oregon OB/GYN

OBGYNs located in Bend, OR

To protect the health of you and your unborn baby, Central Oregon OB/GYN provides premium prenatal care every step of your journey from the time you conceive until delivery. Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG and John Murphy, MD, FACOG work with you to create a personal birth plan that meets all of your needs. To assess your fertility and start preparing for a healthy pregnancy, call to schedule an appointment today.

Pregnancy Q&A

Central Oregon OB/GYN

What are the first signs of pregnancy?

You may experience some of the earliest signs of pregnancy before Dr. LeGrand or Dr. Murphy confirms it with a blood or urine test. Some clues that you may be pregnant include:

Fatigue

As progesterone levels rise in the early pregnancy, you may feel more tired than usual.

Increased urination

Your kidneys produce extra fluid during pregnancy causing increased urination.

Missed period

A late period is a common sign of pregnancy for women with regular menstrual cycles.

Nausea

Morning sickness sometimes occurs within the first month of pregnancy.

Sore or swollen breasts

Hormonal changes cause breast tenderness that usually goes away within a few weeks.

Pregnancy symptoms are often mistaken for many other conditions, so it’s important to confirm pregnancy with Dr. LeGrand or Dr. Murphy and begin prenatal care right away.

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is the medical care you receive to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy until your delivery.

Women who don’t receive prenatal care are five times more likely to have severe complications during delivery than those who do. Babies are also more likely to have a low birth weight without prenatal care.

During your first prenatal appointment, your doctor:

  • Confirms pregnancy
  • Calculates your due date
  • Reviews your medical history
  • Performs a physical exam
  • Checks your blood type
  • Screens for disease
  • Discusses lifestyle habits for a healthy pregnancy


Your doctor continues to monitor you and your baby’s health closely as your pregnancy progresses.

During the final weeks of pregnancy, you’ll see Dr. LeGrand or Dr. Murphy more frequently. They check your baby’s position to plan your labor and delivery and looks for cervical changes that signal your baby is preparing for his or her debut.

What is a birth plan?

A birth plan is a written document detailing your wishes for your labor and delivery. It can be as broad or specific as you like. Your birth plan may include details about:

  • Saving or donating cord blood
  • Feeding your baby
  • Your feelings about assisted delivery
  • Pain relief methods
  • Birthing positions
  • Including another person in the delivery room for vaginal or C-section delivery


The health of you and your baby are always the top priority and adjustments may need to be made at the time of delivery, especially in high-risk pregnancies.


Give your baby the best start possible with premium prenatal care: Call to schedule an appointment at Central Oregon OB/GYN today.