Overview of your Prenatal Care

First Visit:
Shortly after your first visit, you will have an ultrasound scheduled to confirm the health of your pregnancy and to determine your estimated due date. Your due date is calculated either 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period or is based on your early ultrasound results. You will meet with a WomanCare Obstetrician for a physical examination and any necessary laboratory tests, including a pap smear and cervical culture.

Second Visit:
We will review with you a variety of different educational topics, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have pertaining to your pregnancy. Some of these topics will include:

  • How to minimize nausea and vomiting
  • Sex during pregnancy
  • What can I do to minimize constipation
  • When is it appropriate to travel
  • What over-the-counter medications can I take
  • How do I know when to call the doctor

Routine prenatal blood tests may be drawn at this visit.
You will also be offered to schedule an appointment to meet with our Nutritionist. She will discuss a healthy diet plan for you throughout your pregnancy and how to meet your caloric intake requirements for both you and your baby. She will discuss what foods you are to avoid and what foods you need to consume more of throughout your pregnancy.

Third Visit:
If you choose, your third visit will most likely begin with a Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound. Please refer to the First Trimester Section of this guide and review the information that pertains to this screening test. After your ultrasound has been performed, you will meet with one of our WomanCare Obstetricians.
Your subsequent visits will be scheduled every 4 weeks until approximately 28 weeks; every 2 weeks from 30 weeks to 36 weeks; and then every week until you deliver.

Tests and Screenings during these weeks will include the following:

  • 12 – 14 Weeks: Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound and Maternal ScreenPart 1.
  • 16 – 19 Weeks: Maternal Screen Part 2.
  • 20 – 22 Weeks: Ultrasound to evaluate the fetal anatomy and growth.
  • 26 – 28 Weeks: Gestational Diabetes Screening Antibody.
  • 28 Weeks: If you are RH negative: Antibody Screen and Rhogam injection (if father of baby is Rh positve).
  • 30 – 32 Weeks: Ultrasound to evaluate growth of the baby and position.
  • 32 Weeks: Fingerstick blood test to screen for Iron Deficiency Anemia.
  • 35-37 Weeks: Group B Beta Strep culture.

Postpartum:

  • Six week check-up