You should schedule your first prenatal visit as early in the pregnancy as possible. During this visit a thorough medical history will be taken as well as a family history and past pregnancy history. Problems will be identified and a plan will be formulated. A thorough medical examination will be performed including a breast exam, pap smear, chlamydia screen, cervical culture and prenatal labs, including complete blood count, rubella titer, HIV screen (optional), VDRL, Hepatitis screen, and urinalysis. During the visit you will be informed about prenatal classes, ultrasounds, and plans for delivery.
Later in the pregnancy a full series of prenatal classes for first time parents, as well as a shorter, refresher series, are offered through the hospital.
Your nutrition during pregnancy is an important factor in assuring a healthy infant. We encourage a healthy well balanced diet including lots of fruit and vegetables. For the first 30 weeks of your pregnancy (pregnancy lasts 40 weeks), you will be scheduled for a visit every four weeks. At 30 weeks you will begin scheduling your appointments every two weeks, and at 36 weeks you will be seen every week until you deliver. Of course this is very individualized. If you need to see us more, we are here for you.
At your regular prenatal visits we will weigh you, check your blood pressure, measure uterine size and listen for the baby’s heart sounds. We will also check for swelling or any other problems that might be arising. You are encouraged to let us know of any bleeding, fluid leakage, pelvic pressure, cramps, headaches, visual changes, nausea, swelling, painful urination or constipation. These visits are our opportunity to get to know you. Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions or problems including adjusting to pregnancy, job adjustments, etc. We are here to help you with pregnancy, labor, and your new baby as comfortably as possible.