Pregnancy Specialist

Dr. Dennis Roberts

OB-GYNs located in Indio, CA

During pregnancy, a woman’s body and the developing baby undergo rapid changes. In Indio, California, Dr. Dennis Roberts, DO, provides a full spectrum of prenatal and obstetric care for you and your growing baby. To partner with an expert doctor with more than three decades of experience in pregnancy and childbirth, call the office to book an appointment, or use the easy online scheduler.

Pregnancy Q & A

How do I know for sure that I am pregnant?

Dr. Roberts confirms your pregnancy with a blood or urine test, but there are some telltale signs you’re pregnant even before you meet with him:

  • Light spotting due to implantation bleeding
  • Fatigue from rising progesterone levels
  • Missed period when the egg is fertilized
  • Nausea caused by surging hormones
  • Increased urination from extra fluid in your kidneys
  • Swollen breasts from hormone fluctuations
  • Uterine cramping due to expanding uterus
  • Mood swings from hormone shifts

What is prenatal care?

Dr. Roberts provides comprehensive care to keep you and your baby healthy and safe throughout your pregnancy until you deliver. Routine prenatal care can prevent complications and usually includes:

  • Nutritional advice and support
  • Weight tracking
  • Belly measurements
  • Baby and mother heart monitoring
  • Periodic ultrasounds
  • Vitamin and supplement education

As your pregnancy progresses, your prenatal care includes a variety of tests, including:

  • Hepatitis B and C screening
  • Gestational diabetes screening
  • Anemia
  • Blood type
  • Infections
  • Immunity to Chickenpox and Rubella
  • Group B streptococcus
  • Nonstress test

How often will I see the doctor while I am pregnant?

For the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy, Dr. Roberts usually only needs to meet with you once each month. As you get closer to your due date, you’ll increase your appointment frequency. Between 28 and 36 weeks pregnant, you will see Dr. Roberts twice per month, so he can check you and your baby to make sure there are no complications. At 37 weeks, weekly appointments help you and Dr. Roberts keep a close watch as you near your due date.

Why is folic acid so important during pregnancy?

Folic acid, also known as folate, helps prevent defects of the neural tube. The neural tube is the part of the embryo where the brain and spinal cord are formed.

Neural tube defects strike in the beginning stages of pregnancy, so Dr. Roberts advises all of his patients to take folic acid long before conception or as early in the pregnancy as possible.

For superior care for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, rely on the experience and expertise of Dr. Roberts. Call the office to book your pregnancy appointment, or use the online scheduler.