Stages of Pregnancy
We manage the entire spectrum of your pregnancy care, prior to conception to postpartum, including high-risk pregnancy.
Pre-conception: Count on your obstetrician to carry you through every important stage of your pregnancy. Even when you are just beginning to look ahead to becoming pregnant, we can help you with valuable nutrition and fertility issues .
Prenatal Care: Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Our physicians and staff are dedicated to helping you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy. Prenatal care is a very important part of your developing child’s life. The sooner you start prenatal care the better for you and the baby.
Here’s what to expect at your first prenatal visit:
- Medical history review with the nurse and physician
- Physical exam including a pelvic exam
- Lab work in our in-house lab
- Extensive counseling and patient literature
- Depending on the length of pregnancy, possibly a brief ultrasound.
First Trimester: We can learn so much about you and your baby in the first trimester and get you started on the right course for you and your baby’s health. We offer Early Screen® (www.earlyscreen.com),a first trimester prenatal screening and ultrasound exam, that estimates your chance of having a baby with a common chromosomal condition.
Mid-Pregnancy: Generally, our patients will receive an anatomy ultrasound, which includes visualization of the baby’s internal brain anatomy, chambers and valves of the heart, liver, lungs, spine, diaphragm, face, kidneys, and measurements of fetal size. And we’re happy to tell you the sex of your baby – if you like. Or we can let it be a surprise! Your choice.
Collection of stem cells from your baby’s cord blood is a new technology now available. It is optional and we will certainly provide you with ample information and discuss the value of this lifesaving practice.
Please enjoy your time with your new baby. But remember, it is very important to take care of yourself! Call our office to schedule your 6-week appointment as soon as you are discharged from the hospital. And follow these detailed and important instructions for at-home postpartum care.