Pregnancy Specialist

Mother and Child Health Center

OB-GYNs & Pediatricians located in El Monte, CA & La Puente, CA

Seeking out prenatal care early on in your pregnancy can make all the difference for you and your unborn baby. Dr. Julius and Stella Kpaduwa at Mother and Child Health Center in El Monte and La Puente, California, understand how pregnancy can be both an exciting and an overwhelming time in your life. The team at Mother and Child Health Center provides prenatal care throughout the different stages of your pregnancy to help ensure a healthy and successful experience for you and your baby. Start your journey to motherhood with a nurturing foundation: Call our team at Mother and Child Health Center today or request an appointment online.

Pregnancy Q & A

What’s the first step in your pregnancy?

If you suspect you might be pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with our team at Mother and Child Health Center to begin prenatal care. Prenatal care is an important part of your pregnancy in order to keep you and your baby healthy. Our team at Mother and Child Health Center can assess your overall health and determine an appointment schedule to closely monitor your pregnancy.

Not only can prenatal care prevent complications, our team at Mother and Child Health Center can help educate you on important steps to take to protect your baby and ensure a healthy pregnancy.

If you’re considering becoming pregnant, our team at Mother and Child Health Center recommends calling to schedule an appointment or booking online for a preconception healthcare check-up.


What can you expect during your first prenatal visit?

During your first prenatal visit, you have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any issues related to your pregnancy. Our team at Mother and Child Health Center may recommend ways to maintain a healthy pregnancy like staying active, sleeping well and taking prenatal vitamins, like folic acid.

You can expect our team at Mother and Child Health Center to perform the following tasks on your first visit:

  • Tale your health history, including diseases, surgeries, or prior pregnancies
  • Take family's health history
  • Do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap test
  • Gather your blood and urine for lab work
  • Check your blood pressure, height, and weight
  • Calculate your due date


Prenatal visits later in pregnancy are typically shorter. Our team at Mother and Child Health Center examines your health and ensures your baby is growing as healthily as expected. During most prenatal visits, our team will check:

  • Your blood pressure
  • Your weight gain
  • Your abdomen to check your baby's growth
  • Your baby's heart rate


What are typical tests you can expect to receive during your prenatal visits?

Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, our team at Mother and Child Health Center may perform routine imaging tests, like an in-office ultrasound or blood tests to check for anemia, HIV, or to determine your blood type. Sometimes, our team at Mother and Child Health Center suggests other tests based on your age, or your personal or family health history. If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, our team at Mother and Child Health Center will work to monitor your health more frequently than that of a normal pregnancy.

Our team at Mother and Child Health Center provides a compassionate and supportive environment for you and your baby to grow together, healthily and happily. Call Mother and Child Health Center in El Monte or La Puente, California, today or request an appointment online.