Pregnancy Specialist

Lena Speck Hopkins, MD

OB/Gyn & Medical Spa located in Harlingen, TX

Pregnancy is an exciting journey that is different for every woman. You have a lot to take into consideration and many decisions to make along the way. An experienced OB/GYN who specializes in patient-centered pregnancy care can empower you to make the best decisions for you and your baby. Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, provides expert obstetrics from prenatal care through labor and delivery, and into the postnatal period. If you’re pregnant or you’re considering becoming pregnant, call the office in Harlingen, Texas, or book an appointment online.

Pregnancy Q & A

What is pregnancy care?

Pregnancy care, or obstetrics, is a medical specialty concerned with the health and safety of a woman and her developing baby. An obstetrician strives to identify and address any issues that may develop during the prenatal period, ensure safe labor and delivery, and support a woman’s health as her body recovers during the first months after she gives birth.

Even if you aren’t pregnant, but you’re considering having a baby, preconception medical care will ensure that your body is as healthy and ready for pregnancy as possible.

What is involved in prenatal care?

When you see Dr. Speck Hopkins for prenatal care, she will monitor you and your baby so that any potential health issues or complications can be addressed as early as possible. She’ll provide valuable information and offer guidance as you are presented with health care choices throughout the childbearing cycle.

General obstetric care services that Dr. Speck Hopkins provides include:

  • Prenatal and postnatal checkups
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prescription prenatal supplements by Pure® Encapsulation
  • Lifestyle and pregnancy education and resources
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Prescription medications
  • Ultrasounds and other diagnostics
  • Labor induction and pain management
  • Physician-assisted delivery

Following your delivery, Dr. Speck Hopkins will personally monitor your hospital stay,

What conditions can obstetrics address?

Conditions that Dr. Speck Hopkins treats during pregnancy include:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Anemia
  • High blood pressure/hypertension
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pre-term labor

Prenatal screenings and checkups can detect serious medical conditions before they cause complications so that they can be treated early for the best possible outcome for you and your baby.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

Your pregnancy can be classified as high-risk if you are over 35, or if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Non-gestational diabetes
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Some autoimmune diseases

Certain infections including some sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, and heavy alcohol or drug use can also cause your pregnancy to be considered high-risk.

Dr. Speck Hopkins is experienced with all types of high-risk pregnancy and provides additional screenings, monitorings, and labor/delivery interventions to ensure that mother and baby are safe and healthy throughout the childbearing cycle.

To learn more about how obstetrics can ease your worry and help you feel your best throughout your pregnancy, call Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.