Pregnancy Specialist

Wilkens Mondesir, MD

OB-GYN located in Greenacres, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

Pregnancy is such an exciting time in a woman’s life and is something to celebrate and enjoy. From the moment you know you’re expecting, through the day you deliver your baby and beyond, Dr. Mondesir is there to provide thorough check-ups and to answer any questions you may have. If you live in or around Greenacres, Florida, and are ready to add to your family, schedule an appointment online today.

Pregnancy Q & A

What type of care is provided in the early stages of pregnancy?

Good prenatal care is essential for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Your doctor serves as a vital resource who will monitor your progress and provide individualized care.

During the early stages of your pregnancy, prenatal care focuses on making sure you are prioritizing your health. You're advised to:

  • Take a prenatal vitamin
  • Limit consumption of caffeine
  • Choose over-the-counter medications wisely
  • Ensure that treatment for conditions won't impact your pregnancy
  • Limit exposure to dangerous chemicals or environmental hazards
  • Cease smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • Attend prenatal check-up appointments
  • Improve your diet

What should I expect during a vaginal birth?

Your birth experience will be unique and depends in large part on your overall health and the circumstances of your pregnancy. There has been a big trend in recent years to create a “birth plan” that outlines your preferences for the childbirth process.

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a birth plan, you should be aware that even the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. Dr. Mondesir works with you as your due date nears to advise you on how things are progressing.

A vaginal birth begins with the rupture of your amniotic sac, commonly known as your water breaking. Contractions will follow and can range from mild cramping sensations to painful and sudden cramping.

Once your contractions last for a minute or longer and occur around five minutes apart, it’s time to head to the hospital. As your labor progresses, your cervix will dilate and soften.

Once you’re sufficiently dilated, it’s time to begin pushing. If you’ve had an epidural -- local anesthesia to block some of the pain -- your labor may be very different from a woman who does not receive medication.

What if I need a C-section?

As many as one out of every three pregnant women in America give birth by way of a C-section, that is, a Caesarian Section. Some choose that path, while, more often,  others encounter complications that force a C-section to protect the mother or the baby.

An IV is placed into your arm or hand to deliver fluids and medications as needed. A catheter facilitates the removal of urine.

You may receive an epidural or spinal block to numb the lower half of your body. That allows you to remain awake while your baby is born.

Dr. Mondesir makes a horizontal incision along your bikini line, or if necessary, a vertical incision extending toward your belly button. Next, he makes an incision in your uterus, rupturing the amniotic sac and allowing Dr. Mondesir to remove your baby.

After he cuts the umbilical cord, he removes the placenta. When all is well, your baby is given a quick exam and handed to you for skin-to-skin contact. He carefully repairs the incisions, and you begin recovering.