Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is the health care that you receive throughout your pregnancy. Medical evidence has shown that early prenatal care leads to fewer complications and healthier mothers and babies.  A care team of physicians and advanced practice clinicians will provide you with the prenatal care for your individual needs.

We want you to be aware of the frequency of your OB visits and what will be involved at each visit, so you can plan accordingly.  The frequency of your visits and/or ultrasounds may change depending on your medical needs.  A weight, blood pressure, urine sample, measurement of belly and baby’s heartbeat will be obtained and determined at all visits.

7-9 Weeks

Ultrasound to confirm viability and dating of pregnancy.  Visit with our Registered Nurse to discuss past medical and family history and current medications, and receive information packets.

Routine blood tests will be drawn in our lab including: blood type,  complete blood count, Rubella test, HIV test, syphilis test, Hepatitis test.  A urine screen will also be done.

10-12 Weeks

New OB visit with your doctor or midwife.  Complete history reviewed. Routine blood tests will be collected if they have not already been collected.

12-18 Weeks

Appointments with care provider every four weeks to answer your many questions. Exams may include a pelvic exam and pap smear if you are due. The care provider will listen to your baby’s heartbeat. Those choosing noninvasive genetic screen will have this blood drawn.

20 Weeks

Visit with care provider. Fetal anatomic survey ultrasound.

24-30 Weeks

Continue appointments every 4 weeks.  Gestational diabetes screening and complete blood count for anemia will be collected around 28 weeks. Negative blood type individuals will have Rhogam injection given at 28 Weeks.

30 -36 Weeks

Appointments now every 2 weeks to increase surveillance for gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and preterm labor.  TDaP vaccination will be offered to protect your newborn from pertussis/whooping cough.  More in-depth discussions regarding your labor and delivery process.

36-40 Weeks

Appointments now every week.  Group B Strep screening will be done by vaginal/rectal culture at 36 weeks.  Possible cervical exam depending on symptoms.

40-42 Weeks

Continue appointments with additional testing by NST (non-stress tests) and ultrasounds to confirm the well-being of your baby and placental function, and consider timing of induction of labor if needed.