Obstetrics Specialist

Women's Medical Connection

Rahab Khalil, M.D.

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Holmdel, NJ & Old Bridge, NJ

When you’re thinking of having a baby, it’s important to find experienced obstetrics care for all the stages of your pregnancy and delivery. At Women's Medical Connection, Rahab Khalil, MD, and her highly trained and specialized team focus on the emotional and physical well-being of the women in Holmdel, New Jersey. For general and high-risk obstetric services, including genetic counseling and prenatal care, call Women’s Medical Connection or schedule an appointment online today.

Obstetrics Q & A

What’s the difference between gynecology and obstetrics?

Both gynecology and obstetrics provide medical care for women, but gynecology focuses on diseases or disorders of the female reproductive system while obstetrics focuses on pregnancy and childbirth. Many gynecologists are also obstetricians.

As an OB/GYN, Dr. Khalil is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology. Her intensive obstetrics training focused on the prenatal health of the baby, the health of the mother and baby during delivery, and the care of the mother following childbirth.

In addition to caring for the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy, obstetrics training also addresses how to handle difficult births as well as complications that can arise during your pregnancy, childbirth, or the weeks following delivery.

Why is prenatal care essential?

At Women's Medical Connection, Dr. Khalil wants to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible, and that begins with proper planning including preconception education.

Preconception education includes:

  • Considering past contraception usage
  • Performing physical assessments and genetic counseling
  • Discussing previous fetal anomalies or cesarean sections
  • Identifying exposure to infections or animals, especially cats
  • Reviewing any medical conditions like anemia, diabetes, or hypothyroidism

Once you’re pregnant, proper prenatal care enables Dr. Khalil to track your baby’s development, monitor your health and wellness, and prepare you for a healthy delivery.

What are the benefits of genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling offers several benefits when planning a pregnancy. This type of testing can identify potential congenital issues or genetic disorders that might affect your baby. Dr. Khalil might recommend genetic testing based on:

  • Previous miscarriages or pregnancy losses
  • Exposure to certain drugs, radiation, or infections
  • A family history of genetic disorders or congenital abnormalities
  • Your ethnicity-specific groups have a higher risk of inheriting particular diseases

Dr. Khalil might also suggest genetic testing if you’re over 35 years of age or have a high-risk pregnancy.

What is high-risk obstetrics?

High-risk obstetrics focus on pregnancies in which the life or health of the mother or baby is in danger. Pregnancy can be high risk from the beginning, or the conditions can develop over time. Factors leading to a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Carrying more than one fetus
  • Being a teenager
  • Being over 35
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure

To learn more about obstetrics, prenatal care, and pregnancy planning, call Women’s Medical Connection or schedule an appointment online today.